Untitled (1972) Leo van Oudheusden

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About the artwork

Artist Leo van Oudheusden has made several works for his hometown Rozenburg. This facade relief without title, but with the description 'activities in the region', is a very striking and idiosyncratic creation, which he was also very pleased with at the time. More than in his other works, Van Oudheusden has reacted here to trends in late European art. Especially constructivism can be recognized in it. In the middle of the plastic is a wire construction, as is also used in the Gabo on the Coolsingel. 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 center. Except for this heart, which is made of aluminum and provides light reflection, it is entirely made of copper. From the heart radiating in all directions, emphasized by thin wires of iron wire. These continue to the next wall. The whole is a symbol for the task that the fire brigade fulfills in the community. Van Oudheusden collaborated with the architect of the building. He consciously 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. With this work on 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.