Provincials (1966) Loeki Metz
Provincials is a bronze plastic of two girls, arm in arm, made by Loeki Metz. They have practically the same facial expression, laughed eyes, and a smart mouthfeel. The girls are wrapped in thick, elegant layers of textile and seem to be making a little dance with both right legs placed forward. The statue is on a concrete plate that serves as a base. The statue was provisionally drawn up in July 1966 for the Doelen on the side of the Karel Doormanstraat. These 'Shopping Girls' - which they do over time 'The Orphan Girls' are called - received at the request of the district council for Pendrecht in August 1967 their current location for the shopping center on Plein 1953.
Louise Estelle Julie, or Loeki Metz (Amsterdam, 1918 - Rotterdam, 2004) was a sculptor and medalist. She mainly worked with bronze, wood and silver and made project art and idea art. Her style was impressionistic and figurative. She was friends with Mari Andriessen and spent a long time in Amsterdam, The Hague, Paris and Rotterdam. Her education was at the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam. Metz is best known for its reliefs and tokens.