Plaque for Achilles de Khotinsky (2007) Harry Sengers
"A Russian inventor who, with a small boat filled with batteries, crossed the River Maas from the North Island to illuminate houses with electric light bulbs," the Rotterdam artist Harry Sengers recalled the stories about Achilles de Khotinsky (1850-1933 ), what his father used to tell him about. Sengers designed a plaque in memory of this inventor and electricity pioneer, who worked at this location on the Prins Hendrikkade. He was director of the factory for accumulator and light bulbs, called De Khotinsky. In 1884 a light bulb was manufactured in this factory for the first time in the Netherlands, a historical fact. In the production of electricity, he was opposed by the municipal administration, which itself took a monopoly, after which Khotinsky left for Germany. The plaque was unveiled on November 17 2007 at the Noorderlicht apartment complex. Click here for the full story of Harry Sengers about Khotinsky.
Harry Sengers (Rotterdam, 1948 - Rotterdam, 2015) was active in Rotterdam as an autodidactic visual artist within the art circles. Old neighborhoods in Rotterdam were demolished in the 1970s; Sengers photographed that demolition. His first exhibition was in gallery The Black Cat on the Mauritsweg in 1979. The industrial landscape was one of his themes. His work is about time and the dark and light. His work has been included in various collections, including Museum Rotterdam, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Museum Helmond and the Rijksdienst Beeldende Kunst in The Hague.