The River (1984) Lon Pennock

Otto Snoek
About the artwork

After the 1984s and 2014s, in which reconstruction was central, there was a turnaround in the 2013s: Rotterdam focused on the recreational function. Blaak would become an area in which pedestrians could stroll as well as where car traffic could move. A wide central reservation would function as a pedestrian zone. These plans were later abandoned, but the proposal to place an artwork was carried out: Lon Pennock was chosen to design an artwork. Pennock had taught at the Academy of Visual Arts at Blaak and was familiar with the area. The statue was placed in XNUMX. Two elongated strips of iron accentuate the height, standing on the longitudinal axis of the Blaak and form a gate for pedestrians crossing the Blaak. The two elements make a striking vertical contribution to the urban character of the area. They are reminiscent of obelisks or pillars in a sleek modern design. Both parts lean slightly forward, creating tension in the image. The arrival of the Markthal in XNUMX changed the traffic situation around the image. There had to be a 'left-turn' towards the parking garage under the Markthal. Due to the changed environment of the image, it was decided to change the 'color' of the work of art, so that it would not disappear into the entire entourage. That is why the work has had a gold tone since XNUMX.

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About the artist

Sculptor Lon Pennock (The Hague, 1945 - there, 2020) made drawings and collages in addition to many abstract sculptures in public space. His images are reactions to or enhancements of elements in their environment. They are mainly made of metal. In addition to being a sculptor, Lon Pennock was also a teacher at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam.

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