The Welder (1968) Henk de Vos

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About the artwork

On the front wall on the Binnenwegplein / Westblaak side, a facade relief has been applied, designed by artist Henk de Vos. The representation of a welder in a reclining position is composed of elements of rough gray Bavarian granite. These are located in front of a dark surface of polished and decorative granite, which usually bears some traces of free expression by passers-by. Presumably De Vos wanted to refer to the workers who built the metro line. The relief initially received natural grazing light, but in the 80s the entrance was built over, removing much of the incident daylight.

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About the artist

At the end of the 1930s Henk de Vos (Rotterdam, 1911 - Ribiers, France, 1982) left the Netherlands, shortly after his education at the art academy in Rotterdam. He came to the Dutch East Indies and was repatriated in 1949 after his wanderings and captivity, after which he started working as an artist in Rotterdam. He was a book illustrator, graphic artist and set designer. But also active in monumental art with concrete reliefs, gobelins, mosaics and wall plastics in perspex. In 1961 he became a teacher at the academy and continued to work until his retirement in 1976. He was a talented artist who, among other things, made the relief for Beurs metro station with a representation of a welder.

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