Dolphins (1963) Huib Noorlander

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About the artwork

As part of the construction of the Meidoornweide, an assignment was given to create a sculpture to artist Huib Noorlander, whose work belongs to the realistic and figurative tradition. He made a bronze sculpture of three dolphins leaping over each other with a fountain as a mouthpiece. In 1995, the Dolphins moved to the Plaswijckpark (which is across the Meidoornweide), which has been taking care of it ever since. Noorlander's work is intertwined with the Rotterdam reconstruction and his works have an iconic value for the public space of Rotterdam.

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About the artist

Huib Noorlander (Schiebroek, 1928 - Nijmegen, 2004) was a figurative sculptor. In 1951 he founded the artist group together with Louis van Roode, Jan Burgerhout, Kees French, Jan Goedhart, Charles Kemper and Ed van Zanden Argus on. On the occasion of the 100 anniversary of the Holland America Line, he made a picture of it Cauldron Twinkle (1973). A replica of this has been in the Maritime Museum Rotterdam since 1998. A reduced version is awarded annually as a Ketelbinkie prize. Various images of Noorlander can be found in Rotterdam. Reading girl en The family were originally made of natural stone, but after being damaged a bronze cast was made of both statues. In the 1960s, Noorlander and artist Joeki Simak formed the most famous artist couple in Rotterdam.

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