Climbing children (1963) Julia Braendle

photo Otto Snoek
About the artwork

At this gym building on the Aveling in Hoogvliet, a facade relief by artist Julia Braendle has been laid to the left of the entrance. It is a figurative stylized concrete relief of four Climbing children, who adopt a gymnastic posture. They do hare, acrobatics and proudly show their muscles. The relief seems to have been made in a series, because exactly such a work can be found in Charlois at the Krabbendijkestraat 238, presumably from the same mold. Only other manual ceramic inserts have been used, because that is a bit more refined here. The work is strongly linked to the function of the building.

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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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