The hand change (2015) Nico Parlevliet

photo Salih Kilic
About the artwork

Until well into the 20th century, daily train traffic ran through the streets of Rotterdam South. A large and extensive rail network, which extended from the port of Rotterdam to the rest of Europe, has gradually disappeared due to the restructuring of the district. As a reminder of these railway lines, which were so defining for the street scene, one original manual change of the track across the Brede Hilledijk was spared by residents. Their efforts have resulted in this manual switch being given a place in the district as a reminder of the lost train tracks. The hand change stands on a salmon-colored terrazzo plinth, which represents a track switch after a design by artist Nico Parlevliet. This one was created in collaboration with art and terrazzo company Zuliani. On November 20, 2015 The hand change festively revealed.

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About the artist

Nico Parlevliet (Katwijk aan Zee, 1948) is a visual artist, but originally trained as a photographer at the Fotovakschool in The Hague. In 1979 he graduates cum laude from the Minerva academy in Groningen. Since 1997 he lives and works in Dordrecht. Stripped of all narrative, psychological and social contexts, it is precisely processes that interest Parlevliet and not the final image. That is why he investigates sensory experiences by creating environments in which something happens. Change, movement and the playful, chance element therein are the origin of his fascination.

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