Growth forms (1978) Leen Droppert

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About the artwork

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

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About the artist

Leen Droppert (Vlaardingen, 1930) attended the Amsterdam Graphic School during the day and the Art Academy in Rotterdam in the evenings. From the early fifties he works as a visual artist and spatial designer, many in Rotterdam and the surrounding area. Droppert completed it in 2008 Flood pile project Vettenoordse Polder in Vlaardingen: four flood poles, which indicate the water level of the storm surge from 1775. In 2020 the Museum Vlaardingen organized a retrospective exhibition for its ninetieth birthday and seventy years of artistry.

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