Monument for Kane-Lee Ricardo Rustveld (2003) Jeannette Ephraim & Gusta Kullberg
Saturday 26 July 2003 it was exactly two years ago that Kane-Lee Ricardo Rustveld was shot in Rotterdam Noord, on the pedestrian crossing of the Heer Bokelweg at the Schiekade. The perpetrators were out to get his gold chain. His grandmother, Mrs. Garos-Redan and her son asked CBK Rotterdam to contribute to the realization of a memorial for Kane-Lee. A tree on the Heer Bokelweg was chosen as the location, between the road and the tram rails. This tree near the pedestrian crossing has witnessed the terrible event. What has been made impossible for Kane-Lee, still applies to this tree: grow into an adult specimen. With extra protection and proper care, it can be ensured that this silent witness of the murder can grow old. In order to protect this tree from evil intentions from outside, the artists Jeannette Ephraim and Gusta Kullberg have designed a graceful and durable basket that wraps around the tree. The red basket is placed on a purple colored grid. In metal letters you can read: "Did they not know the value of life?" The text "Libi no habi value dyds?" and the full name, birth and death dates (18 July 1981 - 26 July 2001) of Kane-Lee are engraved in the metal tile that lies in the ground in front of the tree. Containers have been incorporated into the hive to hold glasses with tea lights and there is room for hanging bunches of flowers.
Jeannette Ephraim (Rotterdam, 1960) is involved in the artists' initiative Art and Complex. Her autonomous works usually have an organic design. The images evoke associations with plants, animals or with microscopic flora and fauna. The choice of material type is dictated by the concept and the shape of an image.