Untitled (1977) Leen Droppert
Due to budget cuts, the Pottumstraat fire station had to close its doors at the beginning of 2013. This barracks existed since 1977, with an amazingly colorful and robust work of art by artist Leen Droppert on the facade. The work consists of three slightly curved shapes, which are suspended in steps and consist of a red and light blue strip. Bright colors that are in place for a fire department or emergency service. It shows the strong side of Droppert: a big gesture in festive and agile forms in a Pop Art style. Because it depends on the facade, the whole gets its own shape, but at the same time the work is entirely based on the facade.
Leen Droppert (Vlaardingen, 1930 – Vlaardingen, 2022) studied at the Amsterdam Graphic School during the day and at the Art Academy in Rotterdam in the evenings. From the early 1950s he has been working as a visual artist and spatial designer, often in Rotterdam and the surrounding area. It Geuzen monument (1983) in memory of the Geuzen resistance group on the Markt in Vlaardingen is his best-known work. Droppert completed it in 2008 Flood pile project Vettenoordse Polder also in Vlaardingen: four flood poles, which indicate the water level of the storm surge of 1775. In 2020, the Museum Vlaardingen organized a retrospective exhibition for his ninetieth birthday and seventy years of artistry.