Untitled (1960) Paul Koning
High against the blue glazed side walls of the building From Utrecht architect JJP Oud placed two facade images of sculptor Paul Koning. Both images contain a figure with a tree. On the left a man is planting a tree, on the right a woman is picking the fruits from a tree. Because of this, the images seem to refer to Adam and Eve in paradise. The style of the sculpture is very figurative. It is a frivolous addition to an otherwise sleek and modernist building. Architect Oud had to design the building on a relatively deep and recessed plot. The hard blue strips allowed him to clearly separate the building from neighboring buildings. The applied facade images of Koning reinforce this fact. The images symbolized the client, life insurance company Utrecht (later AMEV), who both used the tree planter in their logo.
Paul Koning (1916 - 1998) was a sculptor, graphic artist, draftsman and lithographer. He studied at the Rijksacademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam and he was a student of Jan Bronner. Figure and animal representations were often the subject of his work.