Schöne gelbe Mauer (1990) Alfred Eikelenboom

Otto Snoek
About the artwork

For the penitentiary institution (PI) on the Schie stands a striking work of art with the German title Schöne gelbe Mauer made by artist Alfred Eikelenboom. Eikelenboom mainly made monumental eye-catchers with references to sculpture and architecture, often in striking colors and a (coated) skin reminiscent of plastic. Abstract patterns with circles often play a major role, as is also the case here. With curves, rectangles and perforations, this is an unyielding wall, just like the wall of the penitentiary institution behind it. Eikelenboom was commissioned to build the prison and the work was designed by the Government Percentage Scheme. A striking image, but the building behind it is just as striking because of its orange and blue walls, making it a fitting whole and building and image form a duality.

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About the artist

Sculptor Alfred Eikelenboom (Teguh, Indonesia, 1936 - Dordrecht, 2014) studied at the Free Academy and then at the Royal Academy of Visual Arts in The Hague. He developed into a sculptor, graphic artist, painter, among other things, and was mainly concerned with architectural proposals, monumental sculptures and utopian models. In 2002 he received an oeuvre prize from the Fund for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture.

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