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 are located in the Museum Park 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, two standing and one lying rabbit, are a roguish and friendly addition to the park. Due to their unwieldy appearance and large dimensions, they exert great appeal.
Tom Claassen (Heerlen, 1964) studied at the art academy in Breda from 1984 to 1989 and currently lives in Breda and Denmark. In 1992 he was selected for the Prix de Rome. He has received various awards, such as the Stad Amsterdam Encouragement Prize (1993) and the Charlotte Köhler Prize (1994). Many of Claassen's works 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 depicted in a very simplified form. He is represented by Galerie Fons Welters.