obelisk (1989) Jan van IJzendoorn

photo Otto Snoek
About the artwork

In 1989, four granite columns by visual artist Jan van IJzendoorn were placed in the park at the entrance of the Daniel den Hoed clinic on Groene Hilledijk. Due to the expansion of the hospital, the artwork had to move and was donated to the municipality of Rotterdam. The obelisk got a new place in 1998 on the Grienthoofd of the Dokhavenpark along the Maas. Artist Van IJzendoorn has restored the columns for this new location and added two new columns to the ensemble. Free standing in the space on the Charloisse Hoofd they act as beacons. The river gives the work an extra association, from broken reed stalks to harbor cranes. In 1998 the work was unveiled in a spectacular way.

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About the artist

Jan van IJzendoorn (Tiel, 1953) studied at the art academy in Arnhem between 1970 and 1975. Since then he has been making installations, sculptures and environmental art in public spaces. He works both inside and out. The conceptual plays an important role in his work.

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