Two females (1956) Hans Petri

About the artwork

Plastic has been applied to the façade of the landing of the Huizen Grootenboom van Os residential complex. The decoration on Van Goghlaan 2 is understandable for everyone and is closely related to the purpose of the residential complex consisting of 40 homes for the elderly (60 +) with a limited income and capital. The houses are on loan for free. The stone plastic Two females, the youngest of whom supports the oldest, is a gift from the residents of the old building of the foundation on Goudsestraat, which was completely destroyed during the bombing of 14 in May 1940. Sculptor Hans Petri from Dordrecht made the statue and the facing brick, on which the text is written: 'Here the care of one relieves the care of the other / Let it be that the sun of life is still high in heaven / or already inclined". The statue was taken on 21 June 1956 by the chairman of the foundation ir. N. Th. Koomans revealed. The work is clearly designed for the location, because the underlying wall and the surrounding vegetation together provide a sense of shelter, which fits in with the intimacy of the artwork.

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About the artist

Hans Petri (Weerselo, 1919 - Dordrecht, 1996) attends the Rotterdam art academy, after which he works as a graphic artist and sculptor. From the reconstruction, he receives many commissions for public space, especially in Dordrecht and Rotterdam but also elsewhere in the country. He mainly worked in stone, later sometimes in concrete. After making freestanding plastics and reliefs, he was active as an environmental designer, with his 'eggs' at Erasmus University being an important example. These and other works have been demolished, several others still remaining in the public space. In 2001 he received a large retrospective exhibition in the Dordrechts Museum posthumously.

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