Untitled (1982) Hans van der Plas

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About the artwork

The art that Hans van der Plas designed for the Oostplein metro station explicitly refers to the Marines and the Marines barracks that stood on Oostplein before the Second World War. This Marines Barracks was destroyed in the bombing in May 1940. A sandstone tympanum has been preserved and was placed by Van der Plas above the south entrance of metro station Oostplein, which opened on May 10, 1982. This is near the Marine monument made by Titus Leeser. Fragments of the gate of the old Marines barracks have been bricked into the wall of travertine tiles. Hans van der Plas had also made a design of three showcases for the hallway from the station hall to the exit. In the showcases hung pictures of the Marines barracks destroyed in the bombing, a text by Emile Puetman written about it and an image of the gate. Also on the other side, the western corridor, were two groups of three showcases, which together formed a conceptual series. All display cases were damaged to such an extent that they were removed by the RET. The underground shop of this station was formerly used as an art gallery by the NRP (New Rotterdam Peil) group.

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About the artist

The Rotterdam artist Hans van der Plas (Rotterdam, 1925 - Rotterdam, 1991) is a son of monumental artist Adriaan van der Plas. He attended the Rotterdam Academy of Visual Arts, after which he became a versatile artist. He qualified in various techniques, for free work (gouaches, graphics) and commissioned. For example, he made a number of murals, stained glass windows and sculptures, the seventies being his most productive period. Van der Plas often chose Rotterdam as a source of inspiration.

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