Untitled (1963) André Volten
Since 1963, a beautiful aluminum facade plastic has been hanging on the facade of the fire station on the side of the Baan. The work hangs freely in front of the facade and was created by visual artist André Volten. He received a commission from municipal architect J. Bister for the construction of this fire station, which is still housed there. This plastic reinforces the architecture and is nicely positioned on a dark blank wall. When the sun shines, the shadow produces a beautiful interplay of lines on the gray background.
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.