Menhir (1991) Huib Noorlander

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About the artwork

On 28 September 1991, then-Mayor Bram Peper unveiled this artwork in Park Rozenburg, made by the Rotterdam sculptor Huib Noorlander. The work is a gift to the residents of Rotterdam from Galerie Maas, who celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. The work was named Menhir, but is popularly called 'Maasbeeld' after the donor of the statue. The 'Maas statue' is formed by a hardwood and rectangular post with a large bronze mantle at the top. It depicts the connection between Rotterdam and water. Originally around the statue was a simple slope of gray-blue cobblestones, but the stones were regularly removed for throwing, so that the slope was completely removed after years. Park Rozenburg also gained monumental status in 2006, as a result of which the entire park was restored to its original state as much as possible. Galerie Maas was located at Oudedijk 159 near Park Rozenburg.

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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 Reading girl en The family were originally made of natural stone, but after being damaged a bronze cast was made of both statues.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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