Place in the sun (1963) Ian Pieters
In mid-November 1963 a work of art was placed on the access steps to this building. The Cooperative Raiffeisenbank was then located here. This bank merged in 1972 with the Coöperatieve Boerenleenbank, creating the Rabobank. The board of the Coöperatieve Raiffeisenbank at Middenbaan Noord 28 in Hoogvliet commissioned the sculptor Ian Pieters for this sculpture. He made a work of art from a number of bronze disks of different sizes, arranged next to and on top of each other. The smallest form rests on two short bronze legs. The whole stands on a concrete platform, which floats above the top step. The sculpture is placed on the side of the landing at the entrance to the bank building. The original plan was to express the development of the agricultural and horticultural credit organization. But Pieters mentioned the sculpture Place in the sun. A cast of this bronze plastic is in the sculpture garden of the Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller.
Ian Jacob Pieters (Rotterdam, 1925 - Rhoon, 2020) was a Dutch sculptor and medalist who studied at the Academy of Visual Arts Rotterdam. His working life spanned from 1940 to 1996 and mainly took place in Rotterdam. Initially he worked a lot in bronze, but from the eighties he specialized in environmental design. He taught at the Academy of Architecture in Rotterdam. On the occasion of his eightieth birthday, the Beelden aan Zee museum organized a retrospective in 2005.