The islands (1970) Ian Pieters
Since 1970 there has been an abstract sculpture made by the Rotterdam artist Ian Pieters in this green park on the Alsemstraat. It is a freestanding statue of polished stainless steel, which stands on a concrete platform. The artwork The islands is made up of round shapes and round cutouts. At the foot of the image is a cut-out shape, reminiscent of an island. Because of these shapes and the modern choice of materials, it is a striking and quirky piece of work that was created within the framework of the neighborhood enhancement fund.
Ian Jacob Pieters (Rotterdam, 1925 - Rhoon, 2020) was a Dutch sculptor and medalist and studied at the Academy of Visual Arts Rotterdam. His working life spanned from 1940 to 1996 and mainly took place in Rotterdam. Initially he worked a lot in bronze, but from the eighties he specialized in environmental design. He taught at the Academy of Architecture in Rotterdam. On the occasion of its eightieth birthday, Museum Beelden aan Zee organized a retrospective exhibition in 2005.