Untitled (1955) Louis van Roode
Louis van Roode designed two colorful mosaics for the hall of the Nederlandsche Bank on the Boompjes in 1955. Van Roode presented the past, present and future of Rotterdam to the left and right of the staircase. On the left we see a female figure leaning downwards in front of a panorama of the city with the harbor, various residences and the Laurenskerk. In the right corner we see a heart pierced with a knife. The woman is depicted as a beautiful resurrected phoenix. On the right side of the stairs a second, also lying female figure rises. She has draped the Maas around her body and she is floating up through a modern city, literally towards the future. The numerous flowers and leaves scattered throughout the scene express the idea of fertility and flowering. The mosaics are available in gray, blue, white, gold and black. The work is a traditionally crafted masterpiece with a special cartoon, but the theme also refers to his own philosophy of life, in which everything is connected to everything. The work is far removed from the old cliché images that characterize earlier sofa decorations. Van Roode, together with Willem Verbon, designed a beautiful one on the roof of this building facade crown. The building is a branch of the Nederlandsche Bank and has been given the status of municipal monument in 1991. The design is by architect Henri Zwiers.
The Rotterdam artist Louis van Roode (Delft, 1914 - Rotterdam, 1964) worked a lot for the new architecture during the Reconstruction period. He produced many murals and mosaics that adorned modern architecture, but which also told a story about nature, culture, people and the cosmos. Major works by his hand have been preserved in Rotterdam, but also in Vlissingen, Eindhoven and The Hague. He can rightly be called one of the greatest wall artists of his time.