Carousel (1965) Martin Slappendel
Since 1965, there is a bronze relief by artist Martin Slappendel on the schoolyard of public primary school Samsam. It is a freestanding work that consists of two parts to four 'stilts'. The lower part consists of six children's figures who follow a flute playing man in a circle. Rats run above their heads in the opposite direction. It seems to be a representation of the folk tale 'The Pied Piper of Hamels' (made known by the Grimm brothers), but the sculptor baptized this plastic carousel.
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.