Three turtles (1974) Loeki Metz

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About the artwork

In the courtyard 'De Diamant' three stylized turtles are gathered together in a gathering place, with a fountain between their bellies. It is as if the turtles are doing a round dance, with the legs merging and their heads bent together. The image tends towards the abstract because of the square shapes that make up the head and shield. The Three turtles from Loeki Metz originally stood on the Bospolderplein, but was quite susceptible to vandalism there. Once the fountain was turned off to save water, the image was regularly fired up, which did little to the object. When the Bospolderplein was redesigned, the statue was carelessly removed, resulting in damage. In 1992, the restored image was given a new place in the inner courtyard of the Louis Bouwmeesterhof. On the occasion of the relocation of the artwork, the neighborhood museum gave extra attention to the work of the artist Loeki Metz through an exhibition.

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About the artist

Louise Estelle Julie, or Loeki Metz (Amsterdam, 1918 - Rotterdam, 2004) was a sculptor and medalist. She mainly worked with bronze, wood and silver and made project art and idea art. Her style was impressionistic and figurative. She was friends with Mari Andriessen and spent a long time in Amsterdam, The Hague, Paris and Rotterdam. Her education was at the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam. Metz is best known for its reliefs and tokens.

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