Transportation (1963) Henk Tieman

Otto Snoek
About the artwork

Since 1963 there has been a ceramic facade relief on the corner of Industrieweg and Bornissestraat with the theme 'Transport'. The work is nicely situated on the façade and a small part turns around the corner. A number of cars can be seen on the colored relief, birds, cranes from the harbor and a man standing in a forge. The work was applied to a building where the RHIWA Trading Company was previously located, the Rotterdam Trade in Vehicle Construction, where parts for cars and trucks were manufactured. The RHIWA commissioned the construction of the building. The facade relief has a length of 11 meters and is 2 meters high. The work was made by De Porceleyne Fles and through them we learned that the maker of the work is visual artist Henk Tieman.

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About the artist

Visual artist Henk Tieman (The Hague, 1921 - Rotterdam, 2001) attended the Royal Academy of Visual Arts in The Hague. He was a student of artist Oswald Wenckebach (sculpture) and Frits Eschauzier (decorative art) at TH Delft, later the Delft University of Technology. From 1938 to 1982, Tieman was employed as a monumental artist in the Building Pottery department of De Porceleyne Fles. First at the age of 17 as a plateel painter and designer of cloisonné tiles, but later as chief designer and head of the Monumental Building Plastic department. Tieman made drawings, tiles, ceramics, sculptures, glass art, plastics and wall reliefs on commission and he worked both abstractly and figuratively. He was a member of Arti et Industriae in The Hague and the association of visual artists De Kring in Delft. His work can be found in various places in the Netherlands.

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