Untitled (fencing) (2005) Narcisse Tordoir

Tom Pilzecker
About the artwork

In 2004 a former school building has been demolished on Ericaplein. This broke open a whole 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 think about a solution. Narcisse Tordoir was asked by the CBK to make a design for a partition wall. The fencing should not only give the residents their sense of protection, but also be a jewel for the neighborhood. Tordoir based his design on age-old fabric patterns from Mali, West Africa. These abstract decorative patterns were applied on canvas with mud from the river, and garments, tablecloths and works of art were made from this. The first part of the fence was placed on 1 July 2005. The artwork is part of the total redesign of the Ericaplein, which took place at the time. Residents have submitted ideas for the development plan. They wanted a football cage, more greenery and more seating. The redesign was completed in September, but 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, pastel, photographic image processing and drawings. The work mainly seeks affinity with painting. Tordoir often works around a certain theme for a few years. Among other things, he works as an advisor at the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam. Tordoir lives and works in Antwerp.

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