Milkmaid, blacksmith and farmer Huib Noorlander

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About the artwork

It is not known exactly when this building was built, but previously the district council of Hoogvliet was located here. Three round facing bricks have been placed in the middle of the north-east façade under seven vertical windows: Milkmaid, blacksmith and farmer which respectively symbolize animal husbandry, industry and agriculture. Huib Noorlander is the presumed maker of the three medallions. They are similar to a relief of musicians, which he made in 1954 for a school building in Brigantijnstraat. The figures are depicted in an Egyptian way; from the front, with the faces and profile. He uses the standing leg and play leg of the figures in a somewhat unusual way. The three ornaments are arranged in a row, like a lane over the building, and have a decorative function. They show professions that were considered exemplary for the labor force at the time of construction, presumably in the 1950s during the reconstruction period.

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About the artist

Huib Noorlander (Schiebroek, 1928 - Nijmegen, 2004) was a figurative sculptor. In 1951 he founded the artists' group together with Louis van Roode, Jan Burgerhout, Kees Franse, Jan Goedhart, Charles Kemper and Ed van Zanden Argus on. On the occasion of the 100 anniversary of the Holland America Line, he made a picture of it Cauldron Twinkle (1973). A replica of this has been in the Maritime Museum Rotterdam since 1998. A reduced version is awarded annually as a Ketelbinkie prize. Various images of Noorlander can be found in Rotterdam. Reading girl en The family were originally made of natural stone, but after being damaged a bronze cast was made of both statues. In the 1960s, Noorlander and artist Joeki Simak formed the most famous artist couple in Rotterdam.

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