Arc shape with rainbow (1983) Ian Pieters
Since 1983, a six-meter high stainless steel work of art has stood on the schoolyard of the Roman Catholic Primary School 'De Regenboog'. It is made by Ian Pieters, a versatile artist who has practiced all kinds of styles. The work is prominent on the square, the arch shape stands out to a large extent. The form is in line with the aesthetics of the 1980s: an abstract construction that must be seen as a reaction to the linear architectural environment. The vertical form is a recurring element in Pieters' oeuvre, for example the monument to the poet Leopold in the Doelen. The colors of the rainbow were painted on the stainless steel. The work was made in the percentage scheme for the construction of the school.
Ian Jacob Pieters (Rotterdam, 1925 - Rhoon, 2020) was a Dutch sculptor and medalist who studied at the Academy of Visual Arts Rotterdam. His working life spanned from 1940 to 1996 and mainly took place in Rotterdam. Initially he worked a lot in bronze, but from the eighties he specialized in environmental design. He taught at the Academy of Architecture in Rotterdam. On the occasion of his eightieth birthday, the Beelden aan Zee museum organized a retrospective in 2005.