Untitled (1977) Loeki Metz
On the occasion of the 75 anniversary of the company Heinrich Hanno & Co, artist Loeki Metz was commissioned to make a facade relief. The artwork reflects the work of the now bankrupt transport company, which operated in the port with the main activities of chartering, forwarding activities and cargo control. The artist is just as Rotterdam as her client, and so is the theme of the relief: the canal, the port, is typical of the port city. The seas of the world have been reduced to an abstract form, with a classic sailing ship sailing in the middle - trade and shipping as the center of the globe.
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.