Carousel (1965) Martin Slappendel
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.
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.