Hermes (1941) Adriaan van der Plas

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About the artwork

In the spring of 1940 it was decided to construct the RET bus garage. The construction of the garage took place in the first years of the war. Adriaan van der Plas was commissioned to manufacture this facing brick during construction. 'Hermes'and the facade relief above the entrance to the building. He made a terracotta facing brick of the Greek god Hermes, son of the supreme god Zeus and known in particular as the god of commerce and travelers. The original RET logo is shown at the bottom right. It is a beautiful dynamic work, in which logo and human figure form a good unity. The entire complex was festively opened on April 10 by Mayor Pieter Oud.

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About the artist

Adriaan van der Plas (Rotterdam, 1899 - Kerkrade, 1974) specialized in religious art and design. He studied at the Rotterdam art academy. Van der Plas received a bronze medal for nude model drawing and he received a Royal Grant three times. From 1921 to 1923 he made study trips through Europe and then settled in Rotterdam for good. He drew fine and with care, made prints and paintings, also wall paintings for De Doelen in 1935, a cross road for the St. Bavo in Heemstede. In 1940 he made the mural 'Viribus Unitis' for the emergency store of the Jungerhans family on Mathenesserlaan.

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