Bears one another's burdens (1961) Chris Elffers

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About the artwork

This artwork by artist Chris Elffers consists of five facing bricks with the title Bears one another's burdens. It shows a very adequate representation of the theme 'care'. Dijkzigt Hospital was one of the first buildings in Rotterdam to benefit from the municipal council's decision to spend a certain percentage of the building sum on artistic embellishment (the percentage scheme). When the issue of commissions for Dijkzigt came up, a number of municipal councilors insisted that works of art should not only be comprehensible to the Art Affairs Committee, but also to the ordinary Rotterdammer. These facing bricks are beautifully decorative and hang loose above the forward entrance. They express what the nursing home was all about, namely taking care of the sick and infirm. This work belongs together with Children grieving from Adri Blok and The Good Samaritan from Han Wezelaar to the art collection of the Erasmus Medical Center. Due to the demolition of the Dijkzigt, the work has been placed in storage. The work will be relocated at entry 3 in 2021/2022.

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About the artist

Chris Elffers (Zandvoort, 1926 - Rotterdam, 2019) studied at the Rijksacademie van Beeldende Kunst in Amsterdam with professors Mari Andriessen and Piet Esser. Elffers made sculptures for public space in Rotterdam and Emmen. He lived in Kralingen for many years.

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