Place in the sun (1963) Ian Pieters
In mid-November 1963, a work of art was placed on the entrance steps of this building. The Cooperative Raiffeisenbank was then located here. This bank merged with the Coöperatieve Boerenleenbank in 1972, creating Rabobank. The board of the Cooperative Raiffeisenbank at 28 Middenbaan Noord in Hoogvliet gave the order for this sculpture to the sculptor Ian Pieters. He made a work of art from a number of bronze discs of different sizes, which are arranged next to and on top of each other. The smallest shape rests on two short bronze legs. The whole stands on a concrete platform, which floats above the top step. The sculpture was placed on the side of the landing at the entrance of the bank building. The original plan was to express the development of the agricultural and horticultural credit organization. But Pieters called the sculpture Place in the sun. Due to demolition work on the building, the artwork was placed in storage in the spring of 2022.
Ian Jacob Pieters (Rotterdam, 1925 - Rhoon, 2020) was a Dutch sculptor and medalist and 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 its eightieth birthday, Museum Beelden aan Zee organized a retrospective exhibition in 2005.