Untitled (fencing) (2005) Narcisse Tordoir

Tom Pilzecker
About the artwork

A former school building was demolished on Ericaplein in 2004. This broke up an entire block of houses and the residents were afraid that this would be at the expense of their privacy and security. Housing corporation Vestia Rotterdam Feijenoord asked CBK Rotterdam to help come up with a solution. Narcisse Tordoir was asked by the CBK to make a design for a partition wall. The fence should not only give the residents back their sense of protection, but also be a jewel for the neighborhood. Tordoir based his design on ancient fabric patterns from Mali, West Africa. These abstract decorative patterns were applied to canvases with mud from the river and were used to make clothing, tablecloths and works of art. The first part of the fence was placed on July 1, 2005. The artwork is part of the total redesign of the Ericaplein, which took place at the time. Residents have put forward ideas for the layout plan. They wanted a football cage, more greenery and more seating. The redevelopment was completed in September, however, due to the planting season, trees and hedges were not planted until November.

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About the artist

Narcisse Tordoir (Mechelen, Belgium, 1954) is a visual artist. His oeuvre consists of an arsenal of media, such as installations, (metal) public works of art, spray paint, pastels, photographic image processing and drawings. The work mainly looks for a relationship with painting. Tordoir often works on a specific theme for several years. He is affiliated, among other things, as a consultant at the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam. Tordoir lives and works in Antwerp.

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