The rowers (2000) Yair Aschkenasy

Christian van der Kooy
About the artwork

The artwork on the 1e Katendrechtse Hoofd was meant to represent a profession from the history of the port. The artist was asked to investigate the background and history of Katendrecht and to come to a theme in consultation with residents. The design by Yair Aschkenasy was chosen from two other proposals. Aschkenasy was inspired by a very old profession from the harbor, namely the rowers who attached the heavy bunches of cargo and passenger ships to the buoys in all weather conditions. The rowers are executed in cubist, expressionist style. Three of the rowers pull their belts, which are styled into a triangular shape. The fourth man releases a bunch. The tough men with cap and rolled up sleeves look undisturbed over the water.

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About the artist

Yair Aschkenasy (Amsterdam, 1963) lives in Amsterdam. From 1987 to 1992 he followed a training for plastic design at the formal Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Constantijn Huygens in Kampen and Zwolle. His images have a figurative plastic and sometimes also linguistic character.