Roteb Eco monument (2011) Jan Eric Visser

Jan Eric Visser
About the artwork

The service building of the Roteb on Kleinpolderplein was due for a makeover, which led to a sustainable renovation of the building. The building was opened on 5 October 2011, together with the unveiling of the artwork Roteb Eco monument by artist Jan Eric Visser. In collaboration with employees from almost all parts of Roteb, Visser made this sculpture in 2010-2011 from waste materials and used objects. The waste that the Roteb processes was an inexhaustible source for Visser and thanks to the help and expertise of the employees the image took shape. The foundation of it Roteb Eco monument consists of a concrete staircase that was demolished from the service building. The base is made of rubble building blocks. On top of that, a frame of 90 welded together bicycle frames. These frames are covered with Aquadyne, a drainage system made from recycled plastic, with which green roofs and green facades can be built. It contains micropores in which plant roots can adhere. There is an irrigation system in the base, which is powered by two-handed solar panels, so that grass grows on top of the statue. Visser was advised on the content by Dr. N. Reich and Erik Eikelboom (Msc) on the application of solar energy and Prof. dr. ir. PC Struik of the University of Wageningen on planting and nutritional recipe.

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About the artist

Sculptor and conceptual artist Jan Eric Visser (Leeuwarden, 1962) studied from 1982 to 1987 at the art academy in Kampen. He is a former student of Ewerdt Hilgemann. Visser focuses entirely on the transformation of his daily inorganic garbage into autonomous works of art. He has called this ongoing process since 1987 Form follows garbage, on the one hand, he investigates the limits of his control over form and matter, while on the other addressing social themes such as resource scarcity and over-consumption. In addition, with its outdoor sculptures, it offers a platform for innovative material recycling. Visser has been living and working in Rotterdam since 2009.

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