Future (2011) Ad Schouten

Otto Snoek
About the artwork

On the initiative of the late Jan Franken (former employee of Vestia Rotterdam South) the idea arose for a work of art on the Slinge / Langenhorst roundabout. Jan Franken wanted to create a new statue with the handrails from the now demolished Hoge Burgen flats with the theme 'Future". By using the old railings, the artwork carries a symbolism from the demolished Burgen: the old is constructed into something new. A transformation that applies to Zuidwijk and the urban renewal of the neighborhood, leaving the street pattern virtually intact. The interpretation is new, but with respect and in line with the garden city of Zuidwijk. The material used for the artwork is a symbol of this transformation. The structure of the artwork refers to constructivism: an art movement around the First World War with the exponents Tatlin, Lissitzky and Gabo. This trend has been of great significance and influence through the Bauhaus and de Stijl for the architects of the Nieuwe Bouwen, such as Brinkman and Van der Vlugt, Oud, Rietveld and also Willem van Tijen. They all stood for radical urban development innovations in the years '20 -' 60. It was they who later built the post-war new neighborhoods of Pendrecht and Zuidwijk. With this, the idealistic heritage, the ideas of Zuidwijk, are anchored in the artwork. The artwork was realized by Ad Schouten with the dedication of the students of the Albeda College, who welded the sculpture together. Thanks to their efforts, they not only work on the future of the neighborhood, but also on the future of these students. The artwork was unveiled on 23 September 2011.

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About the artist

The Rotterdam artist Ad Schouten (1946 - 2017) was trained as a painter at the Academy of Visual Arts in Rotterdam. He also studied Art and Cultural Sciences at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Schouten is known for his gouaches on paper, with penetrating self-portraits, in which reference is made to art history. He also focuses on photography. A publication about his work appeared in 2007, Ad Schouten 1: 1.

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