City walk (1998) Berry Holslag

Otto Snoek
About the artwork

The area between Zuidplein and Strevelsweg is a hectic area. Not only the busy traffic, but also the shopping center, the high apartment buildings and the elevated metro give the area the necessary dynamics. In the urban redesign of this area there was a demand for a work of art in which "a contemporary image of man takes shape, a sculpture of great expressive and contemplative allure, which gives direction to a response to the cultural-social position of the late 20e century man." Artist Berry Holslag made the sculpture City walk and translated this question into a firmly-rooted man and woman. The man is wearing a Turkish turquoise blue suit and the woman is wearing a saffron yellow summer dress. These colors refer to the multicultural society of Zuid. Both stand on white-tiled concrete pedestals that protrude from the ground at an angle of 70 degrees and indicate the walking direction of the man and woman. According to the position of the figures, a fictional meeting will take place somewhere near the busy Strevelsweg. The pair is a reflection of the rushed world; the images symbolize a 'general identity'.

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About the artist

In the early 1960s, Berry Holslag (The Hague, 1947) visited the Free Academy of Visual Arts in The Hague. From 1973 to 1977 she was a teacher at the same academy. She worked as a conceptual artist in the 1970s and presented existing and non-existent utensils as an art object.