Untitled (1963) André Volten
Since 1963, a fine aluminum façade plastic has been hanging on the facade of the fire station on the Baan side. The work hangs freely in front of the facade and was made by artist André Volten. He was commissioned by municipal architect J. Bister to build this fire station, which is still housed there. This plastic reinforces the architecture and is nicely positioned on a dark blind wall.
André Volten (Andijk, 1925 - Amsterdam, 2002) was one of the most important post-war Dutch sculptors. He developed a non-figurative sculpture with a lot of stainless steel. In the 1950s and 1960s, his work was characteristic of new developments in art. He has appeared in, among other places, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and in Duisburg, in group exhibitions and solo. In the public space he made many freestanding sculptures with a geometric design language. He has made seven works of art for Rotterdam. In 1966 he received the important oeuvre prize from the Fund for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture.