Drum bearing (1958) Adri Blok

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About the artwork

This figurine by Adri Blok of a boy beating a drum with flat palms, is a lasting reminder of the first lustrum of the Winkelpromenade Lijnbaan. In 1958 the figurative statue was donated to the municipality by the shopkeepers. The Lijnbaan was designed by the architects Van den Broek and Bakema, who are responsible for many buildings in Rotterdam after the Second World War. The statue symbolizes the atmosphere on the Lijnbaan in the fifties: it proudly beats the drum to draw attention to this beautiful new shopping street. The statue was stolen in 1989 but returned to its place in 1990. In mid-2012 the work was given a new base. The Drum bearing fits nicely in the ensemble of bronze statues on and around the Lijnbaan, such as the Reading girl and the Playing bears.

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About the artist

Adriana Cornelia Blok (Rotterdam, 1919 - 1990) was born in Charlois and was educated at the academy of visual arts in Rotterdam. She was one of the first sculptors in the Netherlands to make concrete reliefs. There are several bronze statues of her in Rotterdam, such as Koos Speenhoff and the Drum bearing.

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