Prometheus (1968) Huib Noorlander

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About the artwork

The Huib Noorlander commissioned the percentage regulation for the expansion of the building to create an image for the seating area on Academiestraat. At the time, the Academy of Visual Arts and Technical Sciences was established here. Noorlander made a bronze statue of a figure sitting crosswise on a brickwork base. The figure has an abstract shape above his head. Since the image is the title Prometheus , this shape is likely to represent a bird. Because in Greek mythology, humans had gotten off badly in the allocation of gifts and skills by the Greek gods. Other living things were in a much better condition, so that Promotheus stole fire from the Olympic gods out of pride and greatness of madness and gave this to man. In this way people learned to work with metal and to develop a technical civilization. Promotheus was punished by Zeus; he was glued to the Caucasus mountain range, where eagle Ethon came to eat his liver every day. Promotheus is therefore associated with technology and that is why he has been the official 'mascot' of many technical schools, such as here at the former Academy of Visual Arts and Technical Sciences.

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About the artist

Huib Noorlander (Schiebroek, 1928 - Nijmegen, 2004) was a figurative sculptor. In 1951 he founded the artists' group together with Louis van Roode, Jan Burgerhout, Kees Franse, Jan Goedhart, Charles Kemper and Ed van Zanden Argus on. On the occasion of the 100 anniversary of the Holland America Line, he made a picture of it Cauldron Twinkle (1973). A replica of this has been in the Maritime Museum Rotterdam since 1998. A reduced version is awarded annually as a Ketelbinkie prize. Various images of Noorlander can be found in Rotterdam. Reading girl en The family were originally made of natural stone, but after being damaged a bronze cast was made of both statues. In the 1960s, Noorlander and artist Joeki Simak formed the most famous artist couple in Rotterdam.

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