The infinite house (1965) Gust Romijn

photo Jacques Kleisterlee
About the artwork

Gust Romijn realized several works of art in post-war Rotterdam. In the fifties, sixties and seventies he produced a large number of art commissions in public space. In The infinite house a dream world of Romijn is shown. Sculpture is for him in the fifties a place where imagination and function meet. The infinite house is in its terms a living element, a plastic house, a living plastic. The image is made up of free, organic forms and plays a game of open spaces versus closed masses. Romijn is extremely interested in the developing and growing city. His sculptures show how Romijn sees and experiences urban growth. The work is often used by children as a play and climbing element.

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About the artist

Gust Romijn (Noordwijkerhout, 1922 - Dreischor, 2010) worked as a sculptor, graphic artist and painter. Together with Louis van Roode and Piet Rovers, he belonged to the Window group, consisting of young Rotterdam graphic artists. In that period he also joined the Liga Nieuw Beelden. He took part in the World Fair in Brussels (1958). Romijn was awarded the National 5 May Graphics Prize (1955) and the Prix Suisse (1957). The artist lived and worked in Rotterdam for most of his career, until he moved to Dreischor on Schouwen-Duiveland in 1982.

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