Untitled (1994) Han Goan Lim

Max Dereta
About the artwork

In 1994, visual artist Han Goan Lim designed a light artwork for the former Alexanderpolder swimming pool. The work was to give the box-shaped and industrial building on Bramanteplein a colorful mark. He came to a visual light accent with a signal function on the fairly boring building. The design was then also used as a logo in the house style of the swimming pool. The blue wavy line stood for the bathing water, the yellow circle for the recreational play element in the swimming pool and the red angular line of light for breaking through the architecture. The swimming pool was outdated and a new swimming pool was built in its place, but there was no room for the light artwork on the new building. In 2016, CBK Rotterdam was approached with the question whether there would be another suitable location for this work. A new location was found in the pump house on the Fioringras 2 and could, through the mediation of resident Peter Buisman and BKOR, be preserved for Prince Alexander. It was placed again in 2018. The personnel at the pump house - part of the Water Management department - were immediately enthusiastic. The requirement was that the work be given a sustainable implementation. The Neon Time company replaced the neon with LED. Because of the new location, the artist has given a different meaning to the work. The blue wavy line still stands for water, but then for the groundwater level, which is certainly in this area far below the NAP. The red line represents the built environment, but the blue wave crosses the red line; a reference to the buildings that can overflow if the pump house would not work and the rain and sewage water would not be drained. The yellow circle now refers to the network of sewer pipes. Driving the President Rooseveltweg the work is clearly visible and therefore still a clearly orientating light beacon. In addition to the light artwork, the pump house also has two concrete reliefs (1966) by the Rotterdam artist Robert Kooman. The pump house is included in an art route organized by De Witte Bollen, a residents' foundation in Ommoord.

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About the artist

The Rotterdam artist Han Goan Lim (1950) studied at the Willem de Kooning Academy. He started as a sculptor and made various light artworks. He always works in relation to the environment and also works as a consultant in the field of art commissions in the public space for various municipalities. As an avid networker, he is lobbying in Rotterdam for his Artpark initiative, a hub for artists, architects and designers on the periphery of the city. There are several works by Goan Lim in the public space of Rotterdam. His work is also included in the collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

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