The white spheres (1972) Hans van der Plas
In 1972, the Rotterdam artist Hans van der Plas created a work of art of three white spheres: abstract forms that, stacked together, express a certain movement. It was the time of environmental design, when especially organic forms became an important tool in art in response to the built - angular - environment. The artwork depicts the molecules of blood plasma. The color is used because doctors wear white coats. That makes this sculpture organic and at the same time futuristic: the white spheres seem to float on a large satellite dish. It is made of polyester that is suitable for many weather conditions, but does not last forever. Over time, the material broke. "It started with a small hole that slowly grew larger," says Peter Buisman in the magazine Kate start 2011. Buisman is a committed resident in Ommoord, who came in contact with the heirs and started taking care of The white spheres when they were in a terrible state. The rightful owner could not be traced, and the borough and municipality could not invest in the restoration of the polyester. After consultation with CBK Rotterdam, Buisman founded the De Witte Bollen Foundation, which arranged financing for the restoration. Tom Waakop Reijers, an artist who still had lessons from the now deceased Van der Plas, restored the artwork. The skin and steel reinforcement have been repaired and provided with a fire-retardant layer. In Kate Peter Buisman is portrayed as one of the new patrons: citizens who adopt an image from their environment for love of art. The unveiling by Mayor Aboutaleb took place on 27 August 2011 at 11.00 hours before the Romeynshof at the Hendersonplaats in Rotterdam-Ommoord.
The Rotterdam artist Hans van der Plas (Rotterdam, 1925 - Rotterdam, 1991) is a son of monumental artist Adriaan van der Plas. He attended the Rotterdam Academy of Visual Arts, after which he became a versatile artist. He qualified in various techniques, for free work (gouaches, graphics) and commissioned. For example, he made a number of murals, stained glass windows and sculptures, the seventies being his most productive period. Van der Plas often chose Rotterdam as a source of inspiration.