The little man 2001 Jan Snoeck
Along the Koningin Emmaboulevard in Hoek van Holland stands a colored man with his arms in the air. A cheerful gesture, which matches the feeling of strolling by the sea and stands out in the elongated green belt. The image is on a concrete tile on legs, just above ground level. A human figure of ceramic tiles with different colors; a large yellow 'nose' and in the light pink a 'mouth'. The work was created by artist Jan Snoeck, a Rotterdam sculptor who has been very active throughout the country (but to a lesser extent in Rotterdam). He has made a number of very monumental assignments, such as the series of beds for the HMC Westeinde hospital in The Hague in 1979. Within his recurring technique of colorful tiles, he has made a wide range of shapes and objects.
Sculptor Jan Snoeck (Rotterdam, 1927 - The Hague, 2018) graduated from the art academy in The Hague in 1949, after which he was apprenticed to Ossip Zadkine in Paris. He then developed sculptures in stone, wood and bronze, but increasingly focused on ceramics. He used cheerful, primary colors and mostly people were his subject. In 2007 he received the Aart van den IJsselprijs from the municipality of Leidschendam-Voorburg and had a retrospective in Museum Beelden aan Zee in Scheveningen, where he was knighted. He was best known for his colorful ceramic sculptures that can be found throughout the country.