Minerva (1939) Gerard Hoppen
Above the entrance of the former Higher Technical School (HTS) on GJ de Jonghweg hangs a special statue made by sculptor Gerard Hoppen in 1939. He received this commission from the board during the construction of the HTS. It is a plastic of Minerva, goddess of wisdom, of war and of architecture. Recognizable by her armor; her left hand rests on a shield. Minerva turns around so that the torsion produces a feeling of dynamism, liveliness and volatility. The look from below reveals two female figures on which she leans, little more than two small details, but very nicely designed that they resemble malicious sirens. The whole is on the T of the letters 'HTS'. Hopping was very talented. He often worked with a large expression that was different for each image; the faces of this work radiate a lot of life.
According to an In Memoriam by sculptor Gerard Hoppen (Rotterdam, 1885 - Rotterdam, 1959) he was the creator of this Minerva image. Hoppen lived on Essenlaan in Rotterdam and studied sculpture at the Rotterdam art academy. From 1912 to 1916 he studied with Bart van Hove at the art academy in Amsterdam. In 1914 he won the Prix de Rome. From 1926 until his death, he taught sculpture at the Rotterdam art academy. His students included Cor van Kralingen, Adri Blok and Hans Petri, among others.