Windscreen Calandkanaal (1985) Maarten Struijs & Frans de Wit

Jannes Linders
About the artwork

To protect ships on the way to the Maasvlakte from gusts, a 'windshield' of almost 2 kilometers in length was designed by municipal architect Maarten Struijs and sculptor and landscape architect Frans de Wit. The windshield was built between 1983 and 1985 and was the largest in the world at the time. It consists of a long series of impressive, semicircular concrete elements of 25 meters high and it is 25% wind-permeable. The canal wall is located at the height of the Calandbrug and ensures that shipping can take place with a wind force higher than 5. Without protection, the ships risk colliding with the bridge or the quay. It is in 2016 Windscreen Calandkanaal included in the collection of Sculpture International Rotterdam.

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About Maarten Struijs

Architect Maarten Struijs (Vlaardingen, 1946) obtained his master's degree in Architecture at the Academy of Architecture in Rotterdam in the 1981s. In XNUMX he joined the municipality of Rotterdam. He was a municipal architect for more than twenty-five years and has worked on numerous designs for government buildings, technical facilities and infrastructure during this period. He designed, among others, the Hartelkering, the windshield at the Calandkanaal, the Smoke Gas Cleaner, the head office of the Police Station and various metro stations, such as Beurs, Tussenwater and Blijdorp. At the Central Station, he designed the Randstadrail metro station and the underground bicycle shed.

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About Frans de Wit

Sculptor and landscape architect Frans de Wit (Leiden, 1942 - there, 2004) studied at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague from 1960 to 1965 and was part of the so-called Hague School. With rudimentary visual language he formulates a universal story of all times and cultures, of man and nature. His monumental sculptures - in Spaarnwoude and in Prince Alexander - are functional, visual and narrative.

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