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 against it is another facing brick with the text: '4e industrial school for girls'. The girl's facing brick is located at eye level next to an entrance gate to the schoolyard and measures 80 x 80 cm. The relief was created by sculptor Johan van Berkel. The work depicts industriousness and modesty, which was considered to be what the girls' school once housed here. Below 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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