Sunken fountain (2006) Hans van Lunteren

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About the artwork

On 28 September 2006 was the in the Vlinderbuurt in Kralingen Sunken fountain by Hans van Lunteren. The artwork is located on a square near the Jodenvijver, corner of the Honingbijstraat and Vredenoordlaan. In 1990, the soil remediation of the Gasfabriek site in Kralingen was started in the former sub-municipality of Kralingen - Crooswijk. More than 15 years later, the visible work was completed and the area was redesigned. However, the underground soil remediation of the deep groundwater will continue for years. A water purification station in the Vlinderbuurt has been built for this. CBK Rotterdam proposed to the borough in 2001 to commission artist Hans van Lunteren to design a work of art as a tribute to the soil remediation of the former Gasfabriek site. After researching the available water flows, tap water, heated ground water, rain water, ditch water and the purified ground water, the latter was primarily the last reason to make a design for a sunken fountain. The groundwater is pumped up and purified in a station in the Vlinderstraat. After purification, the water is pumped to the fountain. Above the ground a metal grid has been installed in the floor containing the leaves of the ash, birch, maple and poplar: trees that occur in the immediate vicinity. A hard stone border surrounds this grid at the same height as the pavement. The composition of the leaves is built from a slight rotation, as if the wind has created a small swirl with a still inside. The Vsunken fountain is visible through the grid: an armature of three successive stacked scales, into which the pumped water falls. As the leaf grate passes through the floor, the sound of the gently falling water is audible.

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About the artist

Hans van Lunteren (Alkmaar, 1945) works and lives in Utrecht and attended the art academy in Den Bosch. He works as a photographer, sculptor, conceptual artist and teaches at the art academy in Kampen. He is a much sought-after artist for designs in public spaces. Since an 2005-2009 gardener training course, he has expanded his assignments to include greenery and environmental design.

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