The family (1962) Chris Elffers

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About the artwork

This bronze plastic was placed in 1962 at the entrance to the then school community Hugo de Groot on the Van Blommesteynweg. The sculpture The family is an intimate image. Only in outline are father and mother, with their child in the air between them, shown. The flowing lines clearly express the connectedness of these three figures with each other and the seclusion in which they live. Nowadays, the work looks nice on a small square at the side entrance of the public primary school De Triangel.

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About the artist

Chris Elffers (Zandvoort, 1926 – Krimpen aan den IJssel, 2018) studied sculpture at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam with professors Mari Andriessen and Piet Esser. As a sculptor he contributed part-time to the restoration of the Laurenskerk. In 1958 he was given a studio on the Nesserdijk, where sculptor Huib Noorlander also had his workshop. Elffers made various sculptures for the public space in Rotterdam. He lived for years in Kralingen and Krimpen aan den IJssel, where he died in 2018.

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