Untitled (1972) Leo van Oudheusden

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About the artwork

Artist Leo van Oudheusden has created several works for his hometown of Rozenburg. This facade relief without a title, but with the description 'activities in the region', is a very striking and idiosyncratic creation, which he was also very enthusiastic about at the time. More than in his other works, Van Oudheusden has reacted here to tendencies in late European art. Constructivism in particular can be recognized in it. In the middle of the plastic is a wire construction. He has given the associated ideas about space and mass a place in this, in combination with his own organic style. It is an abstract version of a floral motif with a rotating heart in the middle. Except for this heart, which is made of aluminum and reflects light, the whole is made of copper. From the heart, rays go in all directions, emphasized by thin wires of iron wire. These continue until over the next wall. The whole is a symbol for the task that the fire service fulfills in the community. Van Oudheusden has collaborated with the architect of the building. He deliberately added the science fiction-like form, as a reference to the future. Striking and exciting works of art can be found at several fire stations in Rotterdam. Adding this work to the Rozenburg fire brigade, Rotterdam has a number of spectacular wall works at its fire stations.

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About the artist

Sculptor, graphic artist, painter and draftsman Leo van Oudheusden (Rozenburg, 1946) attended the Rotterdam art academy from 1964 to 1968, after which he settled in his birthplace Rozenburg with a studio. He has worked a lot in bronze. From 1981 he had a studio in Didam.

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