Silver cloud (2004) Rolf Engelen

Rolf Engelen
About the artwork

At the intersection of Engelsestraat with Roemeensestraat in the 'Landenbuurt' is a gym with a nice gym. Artist Rolf Engelen, who has already organized various art projects in the 'Landenbuurt', had an idea for the facade of this. He drilled 10.000 holes in the wall and filled it with just as many stainless steel bars. The work revolves around the tension between this normal street and wall on the one hand and the shimmer of the wall under the influence of the light on the other. This is filtered by a maple tree in front of the wall. The work bears the title the Silver cloud because the work shines, glows in the sun, and goes out at dusk. On October 6 the 2004 became the Silver cloud revealed. A year after the unveiling of the statue, the tree suddenly disappeared. The owner of the building promised replanting. The artist indicated that he wanted a silver birch, but by mistake it became a cultivated city tree, a sphere on a trunk, closed like a shrub. Joey and Teun from the Autodidatic Front decided to intervene. They bought a silver birch, digged the 'bulb on trunk' out of the ground and planted the newcomer. They gave him the water and the care that was needed. Since then there is a future in the picture again. The birch will shine with that cloud in its crown.

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About the artist

Rolf Engelen (Nijmegen, 1964) is educated at the Academy of Visual Arts and Design in Den Bosch. Engelen is a versatile visual artist who, besides exhibitions, also has many neighborhood projects in public spaces to his name. From 1995 to 2006, he was the director of the Odd Months of Museum Nagsael and in 1997 he founded the Tweedekansplant company that saves plants from the street. He lives and works in Rotterdam, where he is also a teacher at the Willem de Kooning Academy.

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