Curved ribbons (1982) Gerard Walraeven

Edgar Thissen
About the artwork

According to the original plans, a large station hall would be built here, but instead the station building became a sober block. The artist's assignment was to create a spatial object to mark the entrance area of ​​Gerdesiaweg station. A proposal by sculptor Gerard Walraeven was chosen from three sketch designs. He delivered an extensive, steel, conceptual 'wink', which is nevertheless somewhat lost in the amorphous residual space between the housing blocks around the station. The work is placed above ground. On the square two 'ribbon-like elements' - namely, high, curved, vertical, thick plates of corten steel - seem to go into the ground together and continue underground to reach the other side of the station building, separated from each other a little above to get to the ground. However, the high and low parts of the work are so far apart that the connection is not perceived by everyone. The high party is therefore also recognized as an expression of modern art and has become a favorite object for skaters. The two low rust-colored pieces of steel can be seen as unsightly remains of some kind of construction.

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About the artist

Gerard Walraeven (Nijmegen, 1942-2010) studied at the Free Academy of Visual Arts in The Hague. He was a sculptor and made great works, fighting with material and form. The artist went into battle with geometric shapes to create the illusion that the steel is pliable. He worked mostly with corten steel.

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