Quill (1973) Phillip King

Jannes Linders
About the artwork

Quill was set up in 1973 in the Zuiderpark to bring out its elegance against the green and natural surroundings. The statue was used as a climbing frame, became overgrown and neglected. That is why the image in 1988 was placed in the depot for restoration. Quill means 'goose feather' and refers to the fragile curved shapes that make up the image. It deliberately does not stand on a pedestal, so that it looks as if the forms are organically emerging. The arabesque forms in the image provided a graceful play of lines. Due to the international fame of artist Philip King and the beauty of the work, the image was shown in 1996 and 1997 at international exhibitions in Paris and Florence. November 2003 got the work back into the public space of Rotterdam on Parklaan, near the Veerhaven. In the spring of 2007 the statue was put back in the refurbished Zuiderpark. For more information: Sculpture International Rotterdam

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About the artist

The British sculptor Phillip King (Tunis, Tunisia - 1934) studied under Anthony Caro in London in the late 1950s and would develop into an important abstract artist. In the 1960s he exhibited images of various new materials such as fiberglass and also wood and slate. He exhibited twice at Documenta in Kassel. His images were purchased by international museums. The Kröller Müller Museum also has work by King in the collection. In the 1970s, King shifted his attention more to images that sought a relationship with the public.

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