Piggy bank (1951) Hank Hans

Otto Snoek
About the artwork

This building was the former branch office of the Spaarbank Rotterdam. Thus, the facing brick is above the entrance to the brickwork Piggy bank by sculptor Hank Hans. On the granite stone of one meter by one meter you see a hand that holds a coin and puts it in a piggy bank. A number of coins are depicted on the left. The relief shows a traditional quality. The client was the Spaarbank Rotterdam, so it was probably a requirement of the client to display a piggy bank and coins. In Het Vrije Volk of 28 December 1951 mention is made of the new branch of the Spaarbank (source: Delpher).

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About the artist

Sculptor Johanna Hendrika (known as Hank, Hanke, Anke) Hans (The Hague, 1919 - Rotterdam, 2015) was trained at the Academy of Visual Arts in Rotterdam before the war. In 1940 she moved to Amsterdam, where she attended the Rijksacademie and was taught by sculptor Jan Bronner. In 1945 she returned to the port city, where she presented her most famous statue Stronger through combat made. The 3,5 meter-high marble work is in the hall of the town hall on Coolsingel and is a gift from Queen Wilhelmina to the city of Rotterdam. During the reconstruction period, Hans also worked extensively on behalf of architects such as Kees Elffers and Joost Boks on facing bricks and reliefs. She also produced various works of art for schools outside of Rotterdam and made medals and medals for, for example, the Rotterdam Art Foundation and the Book Week. Hank Hans lived in Kralingen and was still active as an artist until a very old age. She painted and made watercolors. People are central in her oeuvre, but nature is also an important source of inspiration.

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