Untitled (1981) Loeki Metz

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About the artwork

In 1981 a large bronze statue was made for the Mathenesserdijk from the percentage scheme. The work of art was part of the urban renewal of a part of Spangen, which was funded by the Urban Renovation Fund for neighborhoods. The statue of Loeki Metz, which represents a four-headed snake, soon got the nickname 'The Snakes of Spangen". A bronze base plate and a patinated bronze sculpture rest on a concrete base. The intertwined hoses have four heads and are symmetrical from more sides. Snakes that bite each other's tails are an ancient symbol of eternity. In Metz's image, however, they do not bite each other in the tail, but in the head. The poisonous split tongues crawl on the heads of the other snakes, which seem to attack each other. No matter how graceful the plastic is, due to the massiveness of the bodies and the coarse scales, the image also has a monstrous appearance. Since 1981, the neighborhood in Spangen has changed so much that the artwork has been relocated twice. Because the changed environment did not do justice to the work. Both times, at the insistence of the residents involved, a better place was found in the vicinity. In 1996 it was placed on the corner of Mathenesserdijk and Balkenstraat, but a hangout for drug addicts was created here. The artwork was then temporarily removed and saved. It has been relocated to PC Hooftplein since 2002.

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About the artist

Louise Estelle Julie, or Loeki Metz (Amsterdam, 1918 - Rotterdam, 2004) was a sculptor and medalist. She mainly worked with bronze, wood and silver and made project art and idea art. Her style was impressionistic and figurative. She was friends with Mari Andriessen and spent a long time in Amsterdam, The Hague, Paris and Rotterdam. Her education was at the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam. Metz is best known for its reliefs and tokens.

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