Untitled (1968) Frans Jacobs

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About the artwork

On 18 June 1968 the city got a new look. The one-ton bronze statue was then placed on the platform of the new building of shipping company Dammers & Van der Heide and Co. The Rotterdam-based sculptor Frans Jacobs, with his six-meter sculpture, wanted to express the character of the shipping company. The 'curls' symbolize the power of the waves. Three seagulls fly in the middle. And the tail of the work points to the sea. The staff at Dammers & Van der Heide saved two and a half years to be able to buy the sculpture and gave this sculpture to the management as a gift. At the official opening of the building in September 1968, the artwork was presented to the director. And also a bit about the city, because fifty years later this artwork still makes a wonderful contribution to the cityscape. (Source: Het Rotterdamsch Parool, 19 June 1968)

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About the artist

Frans Jacobs (Rotterdam, 1913 - Nijmegen, 1985) was a monumental artist and draftsman. He worked with bronze, ceramics, glass and stainless steel. Subjects of his work were religious motifs, human figures and horses. He studied at Delft University of Technology and art formation at the Academy of Visual Arts and Crafts in Arnhem.

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