Hillegonda (1989) Tonny Schellekens-Hermans
Since 1989, a work by Tonny Schellekens - Hermans has been displayed in the center of Hillegersberg, which depicts the history of this Rotterdam neighborhood. Hillegersberg is named after Hildegard of Flanders and the old village center of Hillegersberg originated on a hill; a sand ridge that, according to legend, originated because the giantess Hillegonda lost sand from her apron. That story is depicted in this work. The artwork Hillegonda was realized on the initiative of the retailers of Bergse Dorpsstraat and the 'Put Hillegonda on a pedestal' foundation. Hillegonda with its torn apron also adorns the coat of arms of Hillegersberg.
Antonia (Tonny) Schellekens-Hermans (Helmond, 1934) was a sculptor who worked in Rotterdam. Portraits and figure representations were the most important themes. She was taught by Marian Gobius and was a member of the Rotterdam Art Foundation (RKS). She lives and works in Bergschenhoek. In Voorburg there is another work of art from her in public space, namely Break the circle (1997).