Untitled (1958) Wim van der Weerd

Otto Snoek
About the artwork

The Parkflat was built between 1949 and 1958 and overlooks The Park. The apartment building is located on the Westzeedijk and has twelve floors. Before that it was a high luxury residential apartment and it forms the closure of the building block on the Westzeedijk. The design is by architect Ernest Groosman. He asked Wim van der Weerd, who was originally also an architect, to make a monumental work at the entrance of the Parkflat. The work consists of three forms and a painting. The largest form is blue and is applied to the wall. A circle has been cut out. To the left of it is a smaller shape, which is also cut out and painted red on the inside. At the bottom right, a small shape is left in yellow. The addition of color creates depth in the work, but the composition itself is simple and represents a fish. Behind the wall with recesses is a wall with a large wall painting, on which figurative birds in different colors are applied.

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About the artist

Wim van der Weerd (Buiksloot, 1913 - Dordrecht, 1996) was originally an architect, working at Brinkman and Van der Vlugt architects in Rotterdam, among others. Through his work he received various commissions for monumental mosaics, reliefs and murals. Especially from the 40 years on, he painted many still lifes in his spare time, in which the admiration for the cubists Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque clearly resounds. Among other things, he commissioned the mosaic with stylized fish in the swimming pool of the SS Rotterdam.

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