Untitled (1956) Joan Bakker

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About the artwork

This facing brick was made by sculptor Joan Bakker. He was awarded this contract during the construction of this (former) substation for the Municipal Energy Company. The stone has a size of approximately two by two meters and is placed in the upper left corner of the facade on the Vondelweg side. The facing brick consists of four separate limestone parts. The work has an abstract wing-shaped relief.

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About the artist

Joannes (Joan) Petrus Anthonius Maria Bakker (Oosterblokker, 1919 - 1999) attended the Academy of Visual Arts in Rotterdam, after which he settled permanently in Rotterdam. He was, among others, a student of Herman Mees (1880 - 1964) and the husband of sculptor and ceramist Riet (Maria) Elias. He made it together with Jan Poot (architect at the Municipality of Rotterdam) Liberation Monument at the Brink in Vreewijk, Feijenoord. He designed ornaments for an office building on the Botersloot with great visual power and clear stonemasonry qualities. He could handle the hardest stone types, in which he applied reliefs with attention to the role of light on the different stone types. Several works by Joan Bakker can be found in Rotterdam.

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