A swan in the distance (2011) Klaas Gubbels

Max Dereta
About the artwork

The image has been on Provenierssingel since April 2011 A swan in the distance. This work of art was created by visual artist Klaas Gubbels at the request of local residents and is part of it Single plan. The municipality of Rotterdam has set aside a number of years to renovate the romantic canals of Rotterdam. The CBK Rotterdam developed a so-called Han Goan Lim and Albert Kliest Single plan, in which artworks were made that match the character of the different canals.
The central motive in Klaas Gubbels' work is the coffee pot. With minimal interventions, he always evokes a different image. He works with simple shapes in clean lines and striking colors. Some humor is not unknown to him: he baptized three stacked bright orange coffee pots A swan in the distance. In Gubbels' eyes, the bright orange image harmonizes perfectly with the darkness of the water and the green of the trees. After completion, he was delighted that a moorhen would start to nest right behind the statue and that a branch of a weeping willow flew over the statue after a gust of wind. Ahmed Harika (the then Art and Culture portfolio holder of the Noord district) revealed the artwork. He spoke proudly that the district is again richer in a high-quality work of art. Gubbels, who mainly paints and works in graphic techniques, has never before made a picture for the public space of Rotterdam. At the unveiling, he also said that he was proud to be able to make a picture of this for him historic place. He grew up in this neighborhood during the time that Rotterdam was still under reconstruction. At the request of Gubbels, who lives in Arnhem, Gerard Cox appeared at the unveiling, because as a child they played football together. Cox sang a number of complainers, such as "Deep in my heart I cannot be angry with you" by Japie Valkhoff.
This sculpture by Gubbels is the first in a series of art projects intended for the Spoor- and Provenierssingel. The artworks In the city / The young man on the island from Henk Visch and Kryptonian Ice Lake van Onno Poiesz and Guido Marsille on the Spoorsingel are also part of it Single plan.

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About the artist

Klaas Gubbels (Rotterdam, 1934) followed various courses in the 50 years, including the Technical School in Rotterdam and the Academy of Visual Arts in Rotterdam and Arnhem. The artist is best known for his still lifes of tables, chairs and coffee pots, using clean lines and striking colors. In the 70, Gubbels was associated with the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, where he collaborated with other painters and graphic artists, such as Hannes Postma and the sculptor Kees Franse.

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