Untitled (1956) Frans Tuinstra

Otto Snoek
About the artwork

In front of the entrance on the east side of the Maastorenflat, a bronze frame hangs above the stairs, in which a ceramic wall relief is arranged. What is special about the work is that it hangs freely and that you can look through the parts of the relief. The show is a succession of dock workers, sailing ships, fishing, a mermaid, cranes, ropes and a ship's bow; a characteristic subject for the reconstruction time. In terms of style it is modern, stylized, graphic, with cubist influences. Another work of art hangs on the north façade, which was also made by artist Frans Tuinstra. With its two reliefs, the Maastorenflat is a beautiful ensemble.

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About the artist

Sculptor Frans Tuinstra (Maastricht, 1923 - Eindhoven, 2006) studied from 1941 to 1946 in his hometown of Maastricht, after which he specialized in Christian religious performances. He graduates simultaneously with artist Piet Killaars. He comes to work at a ceramics company in Tegelen in Limburg, where there is also a department of fine plastics. In 1956 he resigns and establishes himself as an independent ceramist, until his retirement in 1988.

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