Dancer (1955) Willem Verbon
In the 1950s there were plans to give the square in front of the Rotterdam Noodschouwburg (1948) some allure. A plan, devised by architect Rein Fledderus and sculptor Willem Verbon, consisted of placing a special pavement with three groups of sculptures that symbolized the various arts in the Schouwburg program: music, ballet and theater. The plan failed due to lack of financial resources, but by that time Verbon had one image ready, this one Dancer. She was given a place in the garden of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. In the nineties, the Dancer relocated on the Jan Evertsenplaats. On this park, in the middle of the center, the image of Verbon is well situated; the image forms and accentuates by its location a resting point in the city. It fits in with the style of the other images in the center on the Lijnbaan and Oude Binnenweg.
Willem Verbon (Rotterdam, 1921-2003) attended classes at the evening academy in the 1930s. Immediately after the war, Verbon was commissioned to create a monument in honor of the Royal Air Force. He was offered a post-graduate scholar ship by the British government and left for London for a few years. In the early years of 50, Verbon returned to Rotterdam, where he moved into a studio in the Oranjeboomstraat. Verbon sculpted various statues and monuments for important people from Rotterdam and members of the Royal Family. A lot of his work can be found in Rotterdam.