Kangaroo (1963) Cor van Kralingen

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About the artwork

Van Kralingen has been a very active sculptor in Rotterdam, at very different clients and locations. On the occasion of the 25 anniversary of the Plaswijckpark Foundation, the municipality of Rotterdam donated this bronze statue to the jubilee foundation Kangaroo. During the reception on 3 October 1962, then Mayor Van Walsum offered a plaster model. The bronze statue produced by Cor van Kralingen was placed in the park on 23 April 1963. The work is in the middle of the path near the lake and it comes into its own.

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About the artist

Cor van Kralingen (Rotterdam, 1908 - Mijnsheerenland, 1977) was a sculptor and illustrator. Between 1935 and 1960 he made many pen drawings for the Varagids and publishing house Thieme. During the reconstruction period, Van Kralingen was able to design reliefs and facing bricks in Rotterdam. He designed it Twentsch Ros (1948) on the roof of the then Twentsche Bank on the Blaak and the eight animal figures of the Hofplein fountain (1955). He also made a number of war monuments, such as Falling man (1951) en Woman with pigeon (1965) at the war graves on Cemetery Crooswijk, and the Ttraveling woman (1958) on the Goereesestraat in Charlois. His style was characterized as invariably figurative. He liked simplicity and a classically oriented beauty.

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