Untitled (1974) Leen Droppert
The percentage scheme meant that a work of art could be realized at every metro station. When designing metro station Zalmplaat, a design by visual artist Leen Droppert was chosen. The wall designed by Droppert gave the hall of the station its own look. With a steel gate between the entrance gates to the platform, Droppert wanted to visualize the metro lines, which run both above and below ground. Part of the brick wall of the hall was covered with a green stucco layer with smooth contours. A black batch of plaster was applied over that layer in two places. Four differently shaped cavities had been deepened in the plastered wall, through which the stainless steel rods passed, which also formed the fence. Originally there were also red and green lights in the cavities, which went on and off in turn. The lighting soon perished. Years later, the artwork was unfortunately completely removed.
Leen Droppert (Vlaardingen, 1930) attended the Amsterdam Graphic School during the day and the Art Academy in Rotterdam in the evenings. From the early fifties he works as a visual artist and spatial designer, many in Rotterdam and the surrounding area. Droppert completed it in 2008 Flood pile project Vettenoordse Polder in Vlaardingen: four flood poles, which indicate the water level of the storm surge from 1775. In 2010, the Vlaardingen Museum organized a retrospective exhibition for its 80th birthday.