Poseidon (1989) Tom Waakop Reijers

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About the artwork

In 1989, the City of Rotterdam received a gift in the form of an image of a seated person Poseidon with staff. Several parties have made this possible: a Residents Committee and Wijkbelangen Scheepvaartkwartier / Het Nieuwe Werk. Donations from the business community made it possible to finance the image. The choice for Poseidon refers to the water and the port of Rotterdam. Poseidon As an almighty Greek god, artist Tom Waakop Reijers has become an elegant figure who does not have much of his traditional accessories with him. No nymphs, crown or trident - only a single staff, on which the god leans, seated on a small rock, which imaginary rises above waves (in this case the quay). The image has two colors. The rock is carved out of black granite and Poseidon itself is made of bronze that turned green with an artificial patina. The area has been redesigned in 2010 - 2011. A recreational jetty has been installed and the quay has been renewed. Poseidon is now in a walking area on a renewed flat quay, still looking at the water. Sat during the spring tide in December 2018 Poseidon briefly in the water.

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About the artist

Tom Waakop Reijers (Rotterdam, 1948) is a figurative sculptor of human and animal figures. The materials used by him are wood, bronze, brass and corten steel. He is the designer of the Rotterdam Bokelping: a medal that has been awarded annually since 1994 to people who have made a special contribution to the former borough of Noord. The artist lives and works in Rotterdam. He is best known for his statues by Joop Zoetemelk (1986) and Coen Moulijn (2009).

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