Untitled (1958) Wim van der Weerd

photo Otto Snoek
About the artwork

The Parkflat was built between 1949 and 1958 and overlooks Het Park. The apartment building is located on the Westzeedijk and has twelve floors. Before that time it was a high luxury residential flat 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 create a monumental work at the entrance of the Parkflat. The work consists of three forms and a painting. The largest shape is blue and is placed on the wall. A circle has been saved. To the left of it is a smaller shape, which has also been cut out and painted red on the inside. At the bottom right, a small shape has been cut out 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 mural, 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 for, among others, the architectural firm Brinkman and Van der Vlugt in Rotterdam. Through his work he received various commissions for monumental mosaics, reliefs and wall paintings. Particularly from the 40s onwards, he painted many still lifes in his spare time, in which the admiration for the Cubists Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque is clearly echoed. He was commissioned to make the mosaic with stylized fish in the swimming pool of the SS Rotterdam.

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