Doric column (1990) Kunst & Vaarwerk
Everyone knows the pictures of ancient temple ruins in Greece, but who expected that they would be at a Rotterdam traffic square? Artist collective Kunst & Vaarwerk ended up at Beneluxplein when Frans Swarttouw asked them to liven up the company's centenary with the realization of a work of art. The Beneluxplein is a link between city and port, a connection that Kunst & Vaarwerk gladly made. The large-scale and column formations of the road complex reminded the artists of the buildings of classical antiquity and the fact that civilizations always build on the remains of the past. That's how they came up with the idea of placing a 'folly'. The fake ruins are known under this name, which were mainly built in English gardens in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Due to the redesign of the Beneluxplein, the work of art was stored at the Port Authority pending possible relocation in a more suitable place. To perhaps be able to defy the centuries, just like the examples from classical antiquity.
Kunst & Vaarwerk was an artists' group consisting of Cor Kraat (1946), Hans Citroen (1946) and Willem van Drunen (1947) and existed from 1979 to 1992. Kunst & Vaarwerk was a Dutch pop-art variant, which returned to the harsh urbanity with humor and irony. The scale of the port city required an art of size and brutality, but it is also an art against forgetfulness. The group worked with the Rotterdam business community to finance the projects and has realized various works in public spaces.