Musk ox (1989) Tom Waakop Reijers
An initiative group from Crooswijk, in collaboration with CBK Rotterdam, realized the placement of the Musk ox, a sculpture by the Crooswijk artist Tom Waakop Reijers. The artist has been interested in the musk ox for quite some time: a real animal for a sculptor, because it has a beautiful shape, a beautiful backline and very plastic too. The place where the statue is, the Koeweide, was preferred by both the artist and the local residents. The site refers to the former slaughterhouse and the cattle market, which used to provide employment in the district. The statue was placed shortly after the completion of the urban renewal of Crooswijk. In the past, the Crooswijkers took protests to improve their neighborhood. This image has therefore been placed in close collaboration with neighborhood groups.
Tom Waakop Reijers (Rotterdam, 1948) is a figurative sculptor of human and animal figures. The materials he used are wood, bronze, brass and weathering steel. He is the designer of the Rotterdam Bokelpenning: a medal that has been awarded annually since 1994 to persons who have made a special contribution to the former Noord borough. The artist lives and works in Rotterdam. He is best known for his statues of Joop Zoetemelk (1986) and Coen Moulijn (2009).