Sculpture monument (1884) Eugen Gugel & Eugène Lacomblé

Aad Hoogendoorn
About the artwork

This classic 19e century Corinthian column is unique to the Netherlands and designed by the Delft professor Eugen Gugel. It Sculpture monument When the Noordereiland came into being, it was placed in memory of the hydraulic engineer Thomas Joannes Stieltjes, who lived from 1819 to 1878. He is seen as the architect of the construction of the ports in Feijenoord, south of the Nieuwe Maas, which made the great flourishing of Rotterdam as a port city possible. In 1884 he was honored for this important contribution to the development of Rotterdam (South). This monument was realized in the period in which civil-engineering officials were responsible for major infrastructure works in Rotterdam. It Sculpture monument is a national monument and bears the text: "Tribute from friends and worshipers 1882" and a medallion with the portrait of engineer Stieltjes. An image of a measuring instrument at the base of the column refers to the profession of Stieltjes. In 2015 it is Sculpture monument intensively restored for the municipality of Rotterdam. Residents' organization Stichting Montmartre aan de Maas worked for years for the most complete possible restoration of the original monument. The special red sandstone has been removed from under the paint layers and the ornaments have been restored. After the funds were raised by the residents, the original fencing was also restored to its original state. The key to the fencing is kept with BKOR. As a final action around the authentic restoration of 'the needle of Stieltjes', a copy of the original white marble portrait medallion has been placed. The original marble version - a very similar work by sculptor Eugène Lacomblé, is considered too fragile and is kept in custody at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Just as in 1930 when an official request was made from neighborhood associations to the city council of Rotterdam, residents of the Montmartre Foundation on the Maas also expressed the wish to replace the replica with a copy of the original. After an extensive art history study commissioned by BKOR into the request from 1930, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen gave permission for the manufacture of a replica. BKOR then gave the assignment to the masters' masters Iners (partly thanks to a financial contribution from the G. Ph. Verhagen Foundation). On 9 September 2017 - with the placement of the replica of the white marble medallion - the intensive restoration of the monument was celebrated. This work forms together with it GJ de Jongh monument, The Caland monument en Square island in the lake a collection of water management works in Rotterdam.

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About Eugen Gugel

Eugen Gugel (Bergzabern, 1832 - The Hague, 1905) was a German architect and the first Delft professor of architecture. His books have been used in architectural education for decades. Gugel was the teacher of various prominent architects. Examples are Nijmegen city architect Jan Jacob Weve, architect Constantijn Muysken and chief justice engineer at WC Metzelaar.

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About Eugène Lacomblé

Eugène Lacomblé (Brussels, 1928 - Arnhem, 1905) was a Belgian sculptor. He started as an 14-year-old apprentice with sculptor Jacquet and attended classes at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels in the evenings. From 1850 to 1853 he worked and studied in Paris. In 1855 he moved to The Hague and became a senior teacher at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in 1859. He taught to Charles van Wijk and Bart van Hove, among others.

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