Birds (1962) Huib Noorlander

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About the artwork

At this school on the Argonautenweg 55 you can find various works of art made in the percentage scheme. This arrangement meant that a percentage of the total building sum had to be spent on art when building the school. Various artists were commissioned to create a work, including sculptor Huib Noorlander. He made this small abstract sculpture with the title Birds. The work is made of limestone and placed on a column of natural stone. The image is quite low above the ground. In 1962 it is placed in the garden of the school, just like it Sitting girl. In the same period - 1963 - Noorlander made the same sculpture for the former Port and Transport School, namely Flying seagulls. This statue is now at the Shipping and Transport College (STC) in the Waalhaven. The sculpture is due to the school's relocation to a new building Birds placed in 2019 by the school in the depot. The plastic will be replaced at the new construction of the school.

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About the artist

Huib Noorlander (Schiebroek, 1928 - Nijmegen, 2004) was a figurative sculptor. In 1951 he founded the artist group together with Louis van Roode, Jan Burgerhout, Kees French, Jan Goedhart, Charles Kemper and Ed van Zanden Argus on. On the occasion of the 100 anniversary of the Holland America Line, he made a picture of it Cauldron Twinkle (1973). A replica of this has been in the Maritime Museum Rotterdam since 1998. A reduced version is awarded annually as a Ketelbinkie prize. Various images of Noorlander can be found in Rotterdam. Reading girl en The family were originally made of natural stone, but after being damaged a bronze cast was made of both statues. In the 1960s, Noorlander and artist Joeki Simak formed the most famous artist couple in Rotterdam.

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