Carousel (1965) Martin Slappendel

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About the artwork

Since 1965, a bronze relief by artist Martin Slappendel has been placed on the schoolyard of the public primary school Samsam. It is a free-standing work consisting of two parts on four 'stilts'. The lower part consists of six child figures who follow a man playing the flute in a circle. Rats run above their heads in opposite directions. It seems to be a representation of the folk tale 'The Pied Piper of Hamelin' (made famous by the Brothers Grimm), but the sculptor baptized this sculpture Carousel.

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About the artist

Shortly after the war Martin Slappendel (Rotterdam, 1930) started as a sculptor in Gouda. He worked in bronze and chamotte on portraits, figure and female performances. In 1962 he made a relief for a school in Hillegersberg, which has since been demolished. He created the artwork in 1964 Double horse figures for a school in IJsselmonde on the Biezenkreek and that building was also demolished. In 2018 Double horse figures on the Kleinpolderplein placed. In 1965 he made the artwork Carousel, a bronze statue for the schoolyard of the Samsam primary school. In 1963 he set up a sculpture garden in Beekbergen with his characteristic sweet statuettes, such as a girl with a doll on his lap, children playing and birds.

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