Spiral II 1982 Piet Killaars
This spatial sculpture by Piet Killaars, Spiral II called, consists of curved V-shapes, which are pushed together into a round shape, in a not completely closed circle. He often worked with abstract forms that seem to have an organic aspect. According to Killaars nature is a machine and by repeating various geometric elements, he creates a movement that represents growth and development. The growth process in nature would take place according to a code. Killaars gives its vision of that code by displaying forms that seem to be going through a growth process. The statue was commissioned by the Municipality of Rotterdam in collaboration with the retailers' association for the Boulevard-Zuid shopping promenade, but later moved when it was packed too much by flower boxes, posts and other street furniture.
Piet Killaars (Tegelen, 1922 - Maastricht, 2015) has been active as a sculptor since the 1950s. From the sixties onwards, he gradually became more abstract, but despite this abstraction his images had a recognizable element. They lean against the figurative, because the geometric shapes used have something familiar and natural. According to Killaars, nature is a machine and by repeating various geometric elements, he creates a movement that represents growth and development.