Space Time I (1987) Joost Baljeu
The image Space Time I originally stood on a business park on the Keileweg, but was restored in 2004 and moved to Prince Alexander. Located beyond the shopping malls and situated in an artificial pond, the statue has been given a place to which it is entitled. Also Space Time II was already in Prince Alexander, a stone's throw away, opposite the town hall. This means that Prince Alexander suddenly has two unique works that mark a special episode from the history of constructivism in the Netherlands. The structure is a complex construction that was manufactured in parts and assembled on site. The need to restore the lost balance between man and nature and between art and nature was important to Baljeu. He sought to express a structural process of growth in his work, which runs parallel to that of nature, with a synthesis of art and nature in mind. Spatial constructions such as the relief and the freestanding image would play an ever greater role with him, because in them the kinship with the dynamic growth process in nature is better expressed than on the flat surface of a painting.
Joost Baljeu (Middelburg, 1925 - Amsterdam, 1991) took drawing lessons in Amsterdam. In 1955 he became a cubist and started painting abstractly. Baljeu also studied Mondriaan's work. His ideas with regard to construction come to the fore in reliefs and wall constructions. From the sixties he made freestanding artworks, in which he incorporated stainless steel and plexiglass.