Rabbits (2003) Tom Claassen
The three Rabbits by artist Tom Claassen are a gift from the Kunsthal to the Municipality of Rotterdam on the occasion of its tenth anniversary in 2003. They stand in the Museumpark on the grass between the Natural History Museum and the Kunsthal and are not only loved by adults, but also by children who like to climb on it. The three bronze rabbits, of which two standing and one lying rabbit, are a cheerful and friendly addition to the park. Due to their bulky appearance and large dimensions, they exert a great attraction.
Tom Claassen (Heerlen, 1964) studied from 1984 to 1989 at the art academy in Breda and currently lives in Breda and in Denmark. In 1992 he was selected for the Prix de Rome. He received various prizes, such as the City of Amsterdam Encouragement Prize (1993) and the Charlotte Köhler Prize (1994). Many works by Claassen have been given a place in public spaces throughout the Netherlands, including the sculpture garden of Museum Kröller-Müller. He is best known for his human and animal figures, which are shown in very simplified form. He is represented by Galerie Fons Welters.