Climbing figures (1963) Julia Braendle

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About the artwork

During the construction of this gymnastics building at Krabbedijkestraat 238, a facade relief by Julia Braendle was laid in the facade next to the entrance. It is a figurative stylized concrete relief of four children playing, who have climbed on top of each other and adopt a gymnastic posture. They do leapfrog, acrobatics and proudly show their muscles. The relief appears to have been made in a series, because in Hoogvliet at Nederhage 10 exactly such a concrete relief can be found, probably from the same mold. The ceramic inlaid blue pieces are slowly disappearing.

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About the artist

Juliana Francisca Maria Tosco Brändle, or Julia Braendle (Rotterdam, 1929 - Bingelrade, 1982) has Swiss nationality and attends the applied arts school (Kunstgewerbeschule) in Zurich and the Academy of Visual Arts in Rotterdam. She lived in Bingelrade (South Limburg) since 1969, where she died on September 30, 1982. She is a watercolorist, illustrator, artist of monumental art, sculptor, glass painter and enamelist. She also decorates existing tiles and other ceramics. Her work is for sale at art dealers.

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