Woman II (1990) Kees Buckens
Like an archetypal primal woman, this massive sculpture by artist Kees Buckens stands on the edge of a lawn. The woman looks out over the water, were it not for the fact that she has no head. It is in a classical counter-post: one leg straight and the other bent, causing the pelvis to tilt diagonally. As a result, she even partially gets rid of her pedestal, which she uses as a support under one foot. She looks challenging and self-assured, pushing her belly forwards with her firm arms in her side. The image clearly reminds of the coarseness and massiveness of the original block of stone. Not only are the shapes large and angular, traces of the chisel are also visible in the skin. The statue would initially be placed in the Park 1e Katendrechts Hoofd near the Citex tower. But after neighborhood campaigns against the nudity of the statue, the current location has been chosen. This work of art was commissioned by Woningbouwvereniging Onze Woongemeenschap, which existed for the 40 year at the time and placed five works of art in that context on Zuid.
Kees Buckens (Breda, 1957) studied at the Academy of Art and Design and Plastic Design in Breda. He then visited the Jan van Eyk Academy in Maastricht. Buckens makes sculptures from wood and stone, whereby the process of creation remains visible in the final result. His images can be both abstract and figurative.