Yin Yang (1974) Lucien den Arend
This 'yin-yang' facade relief consists of two curved ovals. The top is silver-colored aluminum and the inside is blue. It was created by artist Lucien den Arend in 1974 during the construction of the kindergarten Gerdesia. With this work Den Arend wanted to depict two clapping hands. It could also be seen as a yin-yang symbol. He himself says on his website that it represents two hands, clasping each other. The original nursery school building has been demolished and a new school building for CBS Onze Wereld has been built in its place. The work has been restored by the school and replaced on the facade of the new building.
Artist Lucien Armand Marco den Arend (Dordrecht, 1943) followed courses at the art academy in Rotterdam, Tilburg and Long Beach, California. He is said to be the first secretary of the Dutch Circle of Sculptors and has been active abroad as well as in the Netherlands. Especially in California, where he receives a prize and an honorable mention, and in Finland where he emigrated in 2003 to set up a sculpture park. He has done many assignments in the Netherlands in the field of detached objects (geometric abstractions), environmental art and land art. The Rijksbureau Kunsthistorische Documentatie calls him: architect, sculptor, glass artist, environmental artist, draftsman, painter, watercolorist, etcher, enamel, designer and ceramist.