Carries Each Other's Burden (1961) Chris Elffers
This artwork by artist Chris Elffers consists of five facing bricks with the title Carries Each Other's Burden. It shows a very adequate representation of the theme of 'care'. Dijkzigt Hospital was one of the first buildings in Rotterdam that benefited from the municipal council decision to spend a certain percentage of the building sum on artistic enhancement (the percentage scheme). When the assignment for Dijkzigt was discussed, a number of municipal councilors insisted that works of art should be understandable not only for the Art Affairs Committee, but also for ordinary Rotterdam residents. These facing bricks are beautifully decorative and hang loosely above the forward entrance. They express what the sister house was all about, namely taking care of the sick and the weak. This work belongs to Children grieving from Adri Blok and The Good Samaritan from Han Wezelaar to the art collection of the Erasmus Medical Center.
Chris Elffers (Zandvoort, 1926 - Rotterdam, 2019) studied at the Rijksacademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam with professors Mari Andriessen and Piet Esser. Elffers made sculptures for the public space in Rotterdam and Emmen. He lived in Kralingen for years.