Children with bird (1967) Marian Gobius

About the artwork

This typical reconstruction artwork, children playing with a bird, was made by Marian Gobius for the public primary school 'De Karekiet' in Rozenburg. It is a bronze, figurative sculpture that fits well in the schoolyard. A sweet and recognizable image, with which the artist wanted to address the target group of parents and children. The image is about growing up, with the bird as attention to nature and / or as a metaphor for the spread of the wings. Due to the demolition of the school building Children with bird stored in a depot of the municipality. The work has been restored and placed back in the front garden of the residential care complex on Elzenlaan. On Tuesday 11 April 2017 the statue was unveiled again.

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About the artist

Sculptor Marian Gobius (Haarlem, 1910 - Voorburg, 1994) attended academies in Amsterdam and Paris and worked abroad (England, USA). She worked from the 1930s (when she received the Royal Subsidy in England) until her death. She has also worked as a medalist and pen artist and was a student of Jan Bronner. She was part of the artistic working group 'De Nieuwe Ploeg' that was active between 1951 and 1959 in its home town of Voorburg. She worked in the midst of a group of younger and more experimental sculptors such as Aart van den IJssel, Rudi Rooijackers and Jan Snoeck, but Gobius nevertheless retained her preference for figurative work and the use of traditional materials such as bronze and stone. She made many resistance monuments and monuments for women's emancipation. Part of her work is included in the collections of the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam.

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