Mother and child (1965) Ek van Zanten

Otto Snoek
About the artwork

This sculpture by sculptor Ek van Zanten has been relocated in 2016 in this redesigned park between the Achterweg and Kinheim. The artwork is a two-meter-high woman who holds a happy child up above her head. The title is Mother and child and the image is full of dynamism and zest for life. It is not known exactly when the work was created and / or placed, but probably in the mid-sixties in the context of the urban embellishment of Hoogvliet. An amount was made available to beautify the Hoogvliet neighborhood with visual arts. Other examples realized in this scheme are, for example Le Tamanoir from Alexander Calder and The infinite house from Gust Romijn. Behind Mother and child hangs the 9 meter high ceramic relief by Dick Elffers The primordial world of the animal compared to the synthetic world.

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About the artist

Ernst Arnold Frederik Robert van Zanten (Ek) van Zanten (Zaltbommel, 1933) is a Dutch sculptor and draftsman. He studied at the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam, followed an art course in Brussels, then took part in the international sculpture exhibition in Sonsbeek in 1955 and won the Prix de Rome that year. He mainly made large figurative sculptures, commissioned by Dutch municipalities, and won the Hilversum Culture Prize in 1963 for his Europe and the Bull (1961) there. Some 30 images of his hand have been placed in the country. He also made tokens and taught at the Minerva Academy in Groningen.

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