Untitled (1968) Adri Blok

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About the artwork

Adri Blok was one of the first sculptors in the Netherlands to make concrete reliefs. She was appreciated for the refinement of her work and beautifully constructed compositions. She often used a naturalistic and stylized style. She made this concrete relief for the Schieland Water Board, which was placed in the facade of the building in 1968. This was a highly applied assignment, which put the identity of the client first. The relief depicts the city of Rotterdam and the Maas. On the right is the coat of arms of the Schieland Water Board. After a merger in 2005, this weapon was replaced by a new one. The facing brick symbolizes the function of the building. It is an image logo or banner avant la lettre. The work falls somewhat against the environment.

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About the artist

Adriana Cornelia Blok (Rotterdam, 1919 - 1990) was born in Charlois and received her education at the academy of visual arts in Rotterdam. She was one of the first sculptors in the Netherlands to make concrete reliefs. There are several bronze statues of her in Rotterdam, such as Koos Speenhoff and the Drum bearing.

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