Bird flying out (1960) Gust Romijn

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About the artwork

Since 1960, a large abstract bronze statue stands on a concrete base in front of the entrance to the Montessori Lyceum Rotterdam. The artwork was created by artist Gust Romijn on behalf of the architects of the Van den Broek and Bakema high school. For the first time, Romijn works with the more traditional material bronze. On a column of two meters high, the image contrasts dynamically with the linear architecture. The form always gives a different picture from all sides, but retains its open character. At the unveiling on December 8 1960, architect Jaap Bakema said: “One can see something of a bird in it, but also of a budding flower. If you walk underneath it and look up, it is a pair of bronze glasses to the firmament. A fascinating game of changing cuts and metamorphoses". The artwork was given the title Bird flying out, which fits nicely with a school and the education of students.

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About the artist

Gust Romijn (Noordwijkerhout, 1922 - Dreischor, 2010) worked as a sculptor, graphic artist and painter. Together with Louis van Roode and Piet Rovers, he belonged to the Window group, consisting of young Rotterdam graphic artists. He also joined the New Images League during that period. He participated in the World Exhibition in Brussels (1958). Romijn was awarded the National 5 May Graph Prize (1955) and the Prix Suisse (1957). The artist lived and worked most of his career in Rotterdam, until he moved to Dreischor on Schouwen-Duiveland in 1982.

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