Untitled (1958) Kees Timmer

Otto Snoek
About the artwork

This formidable graph was made by the talented sculptor Kees Timmer on the outside wall of Bureau Marconiplein in 1958. This police station was intended for parking police and was destroyed during the bombing of 1943. The slightly curved L-shaped building, designed by municipal architect Leo Voskuyl, has its main entrance on Hudsonstraat. This is marked by a concrete canopy with balcony, two free-standing columns and one artwork van Ian Pieters, which depicts the struggle between good and evil. The protective task of the police is depicted by Kees Timmer in the front wall on the Schiedamseweg. In the facade decoration you can see figurations of a hand, a white kitten, two children playing with a ball, a building and two heads. It is a magnificent large work, consisting of 60 concrete slabs, and has a beautiful elegance that is accompanied by a very graphic monumental approach. Timmer usually used a drawing-like style in his work, leaning against the caricature, as well as an interest in primordial forms. They come together in this object. That makes this work a striking characterization of forms, human and animal; a common thread in his oeuvre.

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About the artist

Kees Timmer (Zaandam, 1903 - Rotterdam, 1978) was known for his monumental work. He often depicted animals in paintings. He also made circus scenes, street and market scenes. Timmer received an overview exhibition in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in 1993.