Girl with spinning wheel (1954) Johan van Berkel

photo Otto Snoek
About the artwork

Since 1954, on the corner of this school building there has been a gable stone 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 at eye level next to an entrance gate to the schoolyard and measures 80 x 80 cm. The sandstone relief was made by sculptor Johan van Berkel. The work depicts diligence and modesty, which was considered for the girls' school that was once located here. Below the girl hangs a small sign that reads: 'on 31 May 1954 unveiled by Liesbeth Drost† In the course of time, even more different signs have been placed around the facing brick.

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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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