Birds and fish (1965) Lotti van der Gaag
With her fanatic figures, artist Lotti van der Gaag enjoyed a lot of fame in the fifties and sixties. This concrete relief consists of five parts with rune-like figurations of birds and fish. The background is made of black concrete and the excellent abstract figures are made of white concrete. The work was made in a series, because at other places in Delfshaven and IJsselmonde, similar motifs of birds and fish have been placed on the facades of gyms. Birds and fish is placed decentrally at the eye level of children. The work was made in the percentage scheme and involved an assignment for the construction of the gym.
Charlotte ('Lotti') van der Gaag (The Hague, 1923 - Nieuwegein, 1999) was a well-known sculptress, ceramist and painter. In the 1940s she took classes at the Royal Academy of Art and the Free Academy in The Hague. In 1950 Lotti moved to Paris and came into contact with members of the Cobra movement. She was unofficially — and the only woman — part of that movement, something firmly denied by some of that group. Her work was heavily influenced by the Cobra group, especially when it came to her fantasy characters. In 1951 she took some lessons in the studio of Ossip Zadkine. The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam showed her work in 1952 and afterwards she also got exhibitions abroad. In 1958 she received the Jacob Maris Prize and in 1993 the Ouborg Prize.