Fruit principle (1970) Chris Elffers

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About the artwork

For the new Ommoord neighborhood, on Hammarskjoldplaats, the Rotterdam artist Chris Elffers made this colorful, dynamic sculpture Fruit principle. Elffers made many monumental works in the Netherlands. This is an early work in which he has combined steel and bronze. Later he mainly started working with bronze only. In the context of Urban Embellishment, the work was placed at high-rise buildings of the 1970s. From the book Art in Ommoord (2009): "The sculptor Chris Elffers still knows the literal assignment, because he actually found the description offensive to the residents:" Make a picture at the 3e municipal home for the poorly elderly in Ommoord ". Those were the then residents of Oldenoord. The residents of those days no longer live there. The building, with blue and yellow balconies, right in front of the statue, was renovated years ago into an 55 + complex. Elffers was strongly inspired by anthroposophy in the 1970s. For example, he was involved at the time in founding the Free School in Krimpen aan den IJssel. "

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About the artist

Chris Elffers (Zandvoort, 1926 - Rotterdam, 2019) studied at the Rijksacademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam with professors Mari Andriessen and Piet Esser. Elffers made sculptures for the public space in Rotterdam and Emmen. He lived in Kralingen for years.