Homage to Sint Franciscus Gasthuis (1984) John Wouda

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About the artwork

Since 1893, the Sint Franciscus Gasthuis stood at this location on the Schiekade. In 1941 it was accidentally bombed by the English, causing the top floor to burn down completely. In 1975 the guest house was demolished and houses were built to a design by the architectural firm Eijkelenboom, Gerritse and Middelhoek. Visual artist John Wouda has lived in the Roo Valkstraat from the start and has a view of the inner courtyard. An old photograph of a bed room of the Gasthuis was the reason for the artist to make a lasting memory. The artwork Homage to Sint Franciscus Gasthuis consists of seven white identical objects, which approximate the clinical nature of the hospital rooms. The number seven was a divine number in antiquity and symbolized the cosmos, which was ruled by the seven planets that were then known: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, the Sun and the Moon. The entrance to the inner garden is at Vrouw-Jannestraat 102.

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About the artist

John Wouda (1938) is a Rotterdam artist and attended the Academy of Visual Arts in Rotterdam from 1957 to 1962. He makes paintings of buildings and urban situations.