Kleinpolderplein - museum for orphan images (2012)

Aad Hoogendoorn
About the artwork

The Kleinpolderplein (1968) is the largest traffic junction in the Netherlands. It is expected that it will be car-free within ten years. That is why CBK Rotterdam and Observatorium made a start in 2011 on a sculpture park under the flyovers. 15 black pedestals are placed in a grid, filled with orphan images; these are works of art that have to be 'left over' or 'gone' elsewhere in the city for some reason.

Three works of art were placed in the autumn of 2012:
- A bust of Bernard Diamant (1872-1936) from Han Rehm. Bernard Diamant was a musician, conductor and director of the Royal Christian Oratory Vereeniging Excelsior. The bust was originally placed on 31 January 1938 in the Doelen. It was a tribute to a great Rotterdam talent. Artist Han Rehm (Rotterdam, 1908 - 1970) made the famous statue, among other things The load carrier, placed on Hillelaan in 1950 and later moved to Waalhaven.
- Sculpture by artist Ru de Gier (Rotterdam, 1921 - 2004), the title and origin of which are unknown. A typical reconstruction show. Probably made for a primary school that has since been demolished as part of the percentage scheme for the visual arts, around 1963. De Gier was a specialist in this genre.
- Artwork without a title from Wim van der Horst (1949) and George Degenhart (1936) consisting of ten stainless steel elements. Originally placed on the Ammersooiseplein in 1989 as part of the urban renewal of the Agniesebuurt. In 1994 the elements were moved to Benthemplein. This square was redesigned in 2012 and CBK Rotterdam was approached for the relocation of the 'banks'.

In 2015 it became Solar head from Carel Kneulman placed on the Kleinpolderplein. Kneulman (1915-2008) was an experimental sculptor and best known for the image The sweetheart (1960) in Amsterdam, the meeting point of the Provo's. The wall relief Blooming celebration (1955) at the former Thalia cinema on the Kruiskade is also by him. The expressive Solar head (1963) is a flat bronze plastic of 2 meters high and used to stand on a schoolyard. December 2019 is it Solar head lent to the Municipality of Amsterdam and Vereniging Wonen Willemspark for five years. The statue is temporarily located in the park of the Emmaplein among other works of art by the collective collective Groep A'dam.

Two more works were added to the sculpture park in 2016. Work Shifts consists of five stainless steel plates, which were found in a depot. These plates were part of the ten benches of Van der Horst and Degenhart, which were already placed in the sculpture park in 2012. This way the artwork can be seen in its entirety again. There is also a stainless steel tower with a pigeon on top, coming from the Heemkerkschool in Feijenoord. Artist and year of this work are unknown.

Five works were unveiled on Kleinpolderplein on September 29, 2018:
- Sculpture Two kneeling figures (1975) from artist Leo van Oudheusden. Van Oudheusden (1946) is considered the artist of Rozenburg, the village where he was born. His most famous work is the colored tile wall 'Water', which he made in the 1970 years in swimming pool De Zeehond in Rozenburg. Thousands of children and adults became so familiar with his work. The artist also made a series of sculptures for Rozenburg. He was particularly interested in the human figure. He focused on elementary human emotions such as love, sympathy and a sense of community. The image Two kneeling figures was originally made for the park near De Zeemeeuw reception school. Later the statue moved to the Laan van Nieuw Blankenburg. However, attempts at theft forced Rozenburg to store the sculpture. In 2018 this work was included in the museum hall of Kleinpolderplein.
Double horse figures (1964) by the Rotterdam sculptor Martin Slappendel (1930). He did a lot of work for municipalities and school boards. Also in Rotterdam. For the Samsam primary school on Molièreweg he made the playful, bronze sculpture Carousel (1965). A year earlier, Slappendel designed the striking image during the construction of the Petrus Datheenschool in IJsselmonde Double horse figures (that was popularly called 'Ruiters'). His images appear flat and two-dimensional at first glance, but still show strong dynamics. Associations are evoked with ancient folk art, perhaps with the Middle Ages, or with fairy tales and children's books. If sculpture is Double horse figures ideally suited for children. The statue unfortunately fell victim to the renovation of the schoolyard.
Tommy Ladnier Blues (1968) by Pim van Moorsel (1932), who studied in the 1950 years in The Hague with the famous artist Albert Termote. Sculptor and industrial designer Van Moorsel designed these music-making figures as part of the construction of the De Kemphaan primary school in Rozenburg. The statue is an ode to the trumpet player Thomas James ('Tommy') Ladnier (1900-1939). This jazz legend played with Ma Rainey, King Oliver, Fletcher Henderson and Sidney Bechet. The fact that the image was realized at a primary school suggests that Van Moorsel considered music education to be of paramount importance. During the revitalization of Rozenburg, the image disappeared into a storage shed. In 2018 the work was taken out of oblivion and placed in the museum room of Kleinpolderlein.
Bird's eye view (1960) made by Gust Romijn. Romijn (1922-2010) is one of the best-known and most flamboyant artists of post-war Rotterdam. In 2016, a bridge was even named after him in Charlois (this pedestrian bridge to Waalhaven is near his former farm annex studio). As a sculptor, graphic artist and painter, he exhibited at home and abroad. He received international awards, participated in the World Exhibition in Brussels (1958) and made ten sculptures for the public space of Rotterdam. His best-known works are The bobber in IJsselmonde and the Shooting disc on Katendrecht. Romijn experimented with numerous materials. This metal plastic was purchased in 1960 by the Rotterdam Art Foundation. However, the work was never shown in public space. Thanks to the efforts of the Kleinpolder Working Community Bird's eye view first shown to the public.
- The letters EALA (1979) are engraved in the fifth work, but the maker, title and origin of the work are unknown.

November 2019 there were two works from it Project Polderlaan (1999) placed on the Kleinpolderplein. Due to the redesign of the Polderlaan in Feijenoord, these highly damaged artworks had to give way. In consultation with artist Joe Cillen (1945), two of the six cows have been spared and beautifully restored. The cow breeds Red Sindhi Zeboe and Aden Zeboe are now under the flyovers in the sculpture park.
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