Five paper boats (2010) Florentijn Hofman

Rick Messemaker
About the artwork

Hundreds of boats sailed along the quay in Schiemond, but this activity has diminished over the years since the port of Rotterdam has been expanded to Maasvlakte I and II. The quay was refurbished into a boulevard, so that the adjacent vast water once again seemed like the perfect place to moor. To commemorate the lack of boats on the Maas and the old port history, the former borough of Delfshaven approached the CBK Rotterdam, which in turn asked Rotterdam artist Florentijn Hofman.
Hofman has often made major and brutal interventions in public spaces. He designed five paper folding boats that were man-sized in colorful steel. They are placed on the quay as if a child was fantasizing at that water and that fantasy materialized as something magical. The Five paper boats were made in the former Wilton shipyard (1854 - 1929), which later became the Verolme shipyard. Only their shape reminds of the famous folding boats. The material is the same steel that real ships are made of. The Five paper boats stand on the goat at the Bartel Wiltonkade. They are, as it were, ready for the sop, as in the past hundreds of boats were ready to be launched, when this place was still the port of Rotterdam. The five colorful boats are the final piece of a makeover of the 'Boulevard Schiemond', as the quay is now also called.

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About the artist

Florentijn Hofman (Delfzijl, 1977) studied at the Kampen art academy. The artist is known for his striking large artworks, in which humor, sensation and maximum impact play a role. Florentijn Hofman became known worldwide for his Rubber duck, a greatly enlarged inflatable yellow bath duck that has been floating in various waters in Europe, Asia and Australia. Another well-known work is it Festive pig in Arnhem.

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