Koningsveldeplein enriched with exciting water cups

photo Otto Snoek

Date: Sunday 3 October at 16.30 pm
Location: Koningsveldeplein / Koningsveldestraat 14

Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 16.30 pm the Gargoyles from Koningsveldeplein made by Diederik Klomberg opened. Recently, these fairytale ceramic water cups were placed at the studio building of the Art Accommodation Rotterdam Foundation (or SKAR) on the square on the Koningsveldestraat.

In 2019, BKOR and SKAR took the initiative to formulate an art commission in response to the completion of the new water square on Koningsveldestraat. At the time, both parties opted for a design by artist Diederik Klomberg, who previously also designed water objects, in collaboration with the municipality of Rotterdam. For this design, Klomberg went back to the creepy gargoyles that you often see on large churches. These gargoyles either Gargoyles spit out the rainwater that ends up on the structures. Klomberg's water cups do that too; when it rains, the roof water from the studio building flows through the various heads via water pipes. One head spits through the eyes, the other through the mouth or nose, after which it is collected in the water basin hidden under the playground. There the water is stored until it is needed in dry periods.

Diederik Klomberg about his work Gargoyles from Koningsveldeplein:

“Since we have been dealing with droughts and water shortages as a result of the changed climate, it is necessary that we use the available water sparingly. Where there is a risk of too much water in wet times, we must regulate the drainage and possibly store the water for dry periods. Water is the most essential element for the human body. It nourishes, hydrates, cools and cleanses. A few liters flow through our body every day. With this eight Gargoyles the water comes out not only from the mouth opening, but also from nostrils, eyes and ears. After all, when crying or sniffling, the water also leaves the face. The heads are made of molds cast from male and female models, and the enlarged body openings give them something caricatured.”

16.30 pm – Opening by Olof van der Wal (director SKAR) and Margi Geerlinks (photographer, Gallery 158)
17.00:XNUMX – Snack and drink provided by the Cook and the Gardener
18.00 pm – End



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