Untitled (1962) Louis van Roode
Louis van Roode became known for his decorations on apartment buildings and monumental buildings in the reconstruction period of Rotterdam. Through the collaboration with architects, the reconstruction of the city after the Second World War offered him new opportunities. This untitled work was designed for the eastern façade of the Calandlyceum in 1962. It emphasizes the entrance to the school building and makes the building visible from afar. It is a real eye-catcher. Van Roode made optimum use of the generous dimensions of the architecture; the wall is approximately 15 meters wide and 7 meters high. In the dynamic composition, the surfaces seem to move from a center to outside the framework of the building. The work has a large monumental appearance. It was also innovative in his technique: glass fragments that have been incorporated into a very sculptural-looking concrete relief.
The Rotterdam artist Louis van Roode (Delft, 1914 - Rotterdam, 1964) worked a lot for the new architecture during the Reconstruction period. He produced many murals and mosaics that adorned modern architecture, but which also told a story about nature, culture, people and the cosmos. Major works by his hand have been preserved in Rotterdam, but also in Vlissingen, Eindhoven and The Hague. He can rightly be called one of the greatest wall artists of his time.