Growth forms (1978) Leen Droppert

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About the artwork

Since 1978 there are three high columns of ten meters high, made by artist Leen Droppert, in front of the entrance to the GGD (Municipal Health Service). One column is red, the other green and the third blue. Together they form a colorful vertical work of art against a horizontal bare and gray striped background. The statue is beautifully situated against the entrance and stairs; an example of environmental design, such as that more often arose in the 1980s in the context of the percentage scheme. The industrial-looking material and the bright, modern colors he used give the whole a more light-hearted interpretation. Growth forms does not just blend into the streetscape; many Rotterdammers will recognize it.

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About the artist

Leen Droppert (Vlaardingen, 1930 – Vlaardingen, 2022) studied at the Amsterdam Graphic School during the day and at the Art Academy in Rotterdam in the evenings. From the early 1950s he has been working as a visual artist and spatial designer, often in Rotterdam and the surrounding area. It Geuzen monument (1983) in memory of the Geuzen resistance group on the Markt in Vlaardingen is his best-known work. Droppert completed it in 2008 Flood pile project Vettenoordse Polder also in Vlaardingen: four flood poles, which indicate the water level of the storm surge of 1775. In 2020, the Museum Vlaardingen organized a retrospective exhibition for his ninetieth birthday and seventy years of artistry.

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