Girl with spinning wheel (1954) Johan van Berkel

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About the artwork

Since 1954 there is a facing brick on the corner of this school on which a Girl with spinning wheel is shown. Around the corner there is another facing brick with the text: '4e industrial school for girls". The facing brick of the girl sits at eye level next to an entrance gate to the schoolyard and is 80 x 80 cm tall. The relief was made by sculptor Johan van Berkel. The work depicts diligence and modesty, which was considered for the girls' school that once sat here. Under the girl is a small sign with the text: "on 31 May 1954 unveiled by Liesbeth Drost'.

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About the artist

Johan van Berkel (1913-1956) was a Dutch sculptor. Between 1927 and 1937 he learned the art of sculpting in the evening classes at the Academy of Visual Arts and Technical Sciences in Rotterdam. He was a plasterer during the day and later taught at a technical school. He was described as a promising artist at the time, but he died at a relatively young age.

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