Development of transport (1942) Adriaan van der Plas

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About the artwork

These nine terracotta ornaments around the entrance of the former headquarters of the RET together form the 'Development of transport". At the bottom it starts with carrier pigeons, above that carriages and (ferry) boats are visible. The first buses and trams with travelers can be seen in the arc at the top, as they were used by the RET at the time of building this depot in the early '40. In the center under the letters RET is a weapon and the city of Rotterdam. The whole contains many details and is a beautiful decoration with a monumental quality. Van der Plas made another facade relief around the corner on the facade of the former garage on the Sluisjesdijk. It depicts Hermes, the Greek god of travelers. The original RET logo is shown in the lower right corner.

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About the artist

Adriaan van der Plas (Rotterdam, 1899 - Kerkrade, 1974) specialized in religious art and design. He studied at the Rotterdam art academy. Van der Plas received a bronze medal for nude model drawing and he received a Royal Grant three times. From 1921 to 1923 he made study trips through Europe and then settled in Rotterdam for good. He drew fine and with care, made prints and paintings, also wall paintings for De Doelen in 1935, a cross road for the St. Bavo in Heemstede. In 1940 he made the mural 'Viribus Unitis' for the emergency store of the Jungerhans family on Mathenesserlaan.

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