The River (1984) Lon Pennock

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About the artwork

After the 1940s and 1950s, in which reconstruction was central, there was a turning point in the 1970s: Rotterdam focused on the recreational function. Blaak would become an area in which pedestrians could stroll, and where car traffic could move. A wide central reservation would function as a pedestrian zone. These plans were abandoned later, but the proposal to place a work of art was implemented: Lon Pennock chose to design a work of art. Pennock had taught at the Academy of Fine Arts at the Blaak and was familiar with the environment. The image was placed in 1984. 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 urbanity of the area. They are reminiscent of obelisks or pillars in a sleek modern design. Both parts lean slightly forward, giving the image tension. With the arrival of the Market Hall in 2014, the traffic situation around the image changed. There had to be a 'left-off' in the direction of the parking garage under the Markthal. Because of the changed environment of the image, it was decided to change the artwork from 'color', so that it would not fall away in the entire entourage. That is why the work has a golden hue since 2013.

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About the artist

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

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