Untitled (1985) Frans & Marja de Boer - Lichtveld

Otto Snoek
About the artwork

This work was delivered as part of the renovation of the sewer pumping station. Properties on the Westersingel have regularly had to cope with the undercapacity of the sewer, as a result of which cellars regularly filled up. In 1985 the sewage pumping station was renovated by the municipality of Rotterdam. This image of the De Boer - Lichtveld couple was then designed as part of the percentage scheme. The two artists chose the most basic mathematical form: the circle. In art history, this traditionally symbolizes eternity, the universe and even God. This is because it has no corners and is infinite. The De Boer - Lichtveld couple breaks this principle because this circle is a 'bite' out of it.

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About the artist

Frans de Boer (Amsterdam, 1942) and Marja Lichtveld (Velsen, 1941) both attended the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. For a long time they made kinetic objects: objects with a moving element. Over time, they processed high-gloss materials, so that the movement of passers-by was reflected. Their work consists of abstract forms, which can refer to the history of the place where the statue stands. The couple regularly receive commissions for the realization of monumental work in the public space. Space and light are important elements in their work.

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