Marathon sculpture (2001) Henk Visch

Otto Snoek
About the artwork

This colorful statue on the quay was designed by artist Henk Visch. It was unveiled on 18 April 2001, just before the twentieth marathon of Rotterdam was run. It Marathon sculpture is therefore a gift from the Rotterdam Marathon Foundation to the city of Rotterdam. The 5 1 / 2 meter high iron statue seems smaller from a distance than it really is. Yet with its many colorful surfaces it is a clear signal on the largely gray quay. That there is a relationship between this image and the annual endurance race is also made clear by the signs that are mounted in the base. On it you can read the names of all male and female runners who have ever won the Rotterdam marathon. But the twenty colors that Visch applied to the image also have a meaning. They symbolize the multitude of nationalities of the participants in this competition that has grown into an international phenomenon. It Marathon sculpture has of course been given a place along the marathon running route.

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About the artist

Henk Visch's work (Eindhoven, 1950) is versatile and consists of drawings, graphics, abstract constructions and figurative sculptures. Visch makes massive wood sculptures, but also delicate structures, stylized human figures and humorous assemblies from the most diverse materials. Visch often combines language with image and adds poetic texts. Properties such as balance and balance, vulnerability and transience play an important role in Visch's sculpture.

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