Heijplaat monument (1990) Marc Legersté

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About the artwork

In April 1990, the Heijplaat district council commissioned Rotterdam sculptor Marc Legersté to create a monument for the district. The statue is a gift from the district council on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the garden village Heijplaat. The name Heijplaat refers to the nearby, and now disappeared, hamlet of De Heij. Heijplaat originated as a residential area for workers of the then Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij (RDM). Construction started in 1914 and in the mid-1920s the garden village was completed and Heijplaat formed a community with its own schools, shops, a party hall and churches. Visual artist Marc Legersté found this steel construction on an industrial estate and turned it into this meter-high monument. September 1990, the 75th anniversary was celebrated and the monument was unveiled.

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About the artist

The Rotterdammer Marc or Mart Legersté (Rotterdam, 1942 - there, 2019) was a self-taught artist. He was active since the late XNUMXs, mainly in drawing, painting, watercolors and afterwards focused on objects in the form of large installations with an industrial-looking appearance. Sometimes he made objects for public space, such as a playground sculpture in Prins Alexander and a wooden, prehistoric-looking installation on Kop van Zuid.

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