The family (1963) Huib Noorlander

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About the artwork

This is the kind of image that the family shows as the cornerstone of society. Father embraces the slightly smaller mother and child. They stand with their backs to the street and stare into the distance, undisturbed by the bird poop on their heads, coming from the birds in the branches above. With its stillness, the image seems to be a kind of contemplative monument. Partly due to the location in the (flower) bed, but it was not put down for that purpose. The placement was made possible through collaboration between the Rotterdam Art Foundation, Bewonersfonds Zuidwijk and a number of Rotterdam contractors who had participated in the construction activity in Rotterdam South. Mayor Van Walsem accepted the image of Stichting Wijkopbouw Zuidwijk, who had taken the initiative to set up the image on the occasion of the completion of residential construction in Zuidwijk. At the opening of a residential building for the elderly on 21 September 1963 unveiled the mayor The family, a sculpture by artist Huib Noorlander executed in French limestone. After being damaged, a bronze cast was made from the original plaster working model, which was replaced in 1989.

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About the artist

Huib Noorlander (Schiebroek, 1928 - Nijmegen, 2004) was a figurative sculptor. In 1951 he founded the artists' group together with Louis van Roode, Jan Burgerhout, Kees Franse, Jan Goedhart, Charles Kemper and Ed van Zanden Argus on. On the occasion of the 100 anniversary of the Holland America Line, he made a picture of it Cauldron Twinkle (1973). A replica of this has been in the Maritime Museum Rotterdam since 1998. A reduced version is awarded annually as a Ketelbinkie prize. Various images of Noorlander can be found in Rotterdam. Reading girl en The family were originally made of natural stone, but after being damaged a bronze cast was made of both statues. In the 1960s, Noorlander and artist Joeki Simak formed the most famous artist couple in Rotterdam.

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