Now everything is as it is ... (2008) Judith Herzberg & Karel Martens

Otto Snoek
About the artwork

Now that everything is as it has become, now that everything is as it is, it will eventually, although perhaps even though, be all right. These lines can be read on the facade of the Erasmus MC - Sophia Children's Hospital at the Museum Park. This light installation was put into operation on 7 February 2008 at 17 hours by poet Judith Herzberg. The rules come from the poem she wrote Daylight. The work forms a visual connection between the Erasmus MC and the Museum Park and consists of alternating white and blue lights that are beautifully placed in the façade wall and light up at night. Designer Karel Martens designed this fascinating work of art. The installation of poetry rules that refer to what is happening behind the façade is an initiative of Erasmus MC and carried out in collaboration with CBK Rotterdam. The work was created in collaboration with Poetry International, Bouwfonds Cultuurfonds, Stichting Sophia Children's Hospital Fund, Mondriaan Foundation and Erasmus MC Housing Department.

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About Judith Herzberg

Poet Judith Herzberg (Amsterdam, 1934) made her debut in 1961 with her first poems in Vrij Nederland. Her first bundle appeared in 1963 Sea post. This was followed, among other things Meadow grass (1968) Ironing light (1971) in As (1992). From the early 1970s, theater and TV pieces, film scripts and texts for musicals followed. Her poems have been translated into German, Turkish, Portuguese and English, among others. In 2001, Poetry International commissioned her to write a collection of poems.

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About Karel Martens

Karel Martens (Mook and Middelaar, 1939) is an award-winning graphic designer specializing in typography. He was educated at the Academy of Visual Arts in Arnhem, where he graduated in 1961. After his studies he started as a designer of books, catalogs, magazines, stamps and posters. His designs are characterized by great simplicity and craftsmanship.

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