Wild boar (1977) Tom Waakop Reijers

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About the artwork

A figurative image of a seated pig carries the text: Heemtuin, thanks in part to 75 year of Shell refinery. Shell donated the statuette in 1977 to Hoogvliet on the occasion of its 75 anniversary. At the same time, Shell made an amount available for the construction of the natural garden. The animal stood on a wooden base and symbolizes the return of the original inhabitant of Hoogvliet. Waakop Reijers makes figurative images, often animal figures and human figures. The statue was stolen in 2000. The then borough offered a reward of 1.000 guilder for the honest finder. It became 22 on April 2004 Wild boar unveiled at its new location on the lawn between the apartment buildings of Park Vossendijk.

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About the artist

Tom Waakop Reijers (Rotterdam, 1948) is a figurative sculptor of human and animal figures. The materials used by him are wood, bronze, brass and corten steel. He is the designer of the Rotterdam Bokelping: a medal that has been awarded annually since 1994 to people who have made a special contribution to the former borough of Noord. The artist lives and works in Rotterdam. He is best known for his statues by Joop Zoetemelk (1986) and Coen Moulijn (2009).

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