Sanseverias and rose (1978) Henk Tas & Willem van Drunen

Rotterdam Art Foundation (Rotterdam City Archives)
About the artwork

At the end of the 1970s, a number of artists were fed up with the monotonous drabness of Rotterdam and started an offensive with a lot of color. Commissioned by the Rotterdam Art Foundation (RKS), artists were commissioned to apply large colorful paintings in public space. This project was called Townpainting. One of these assignments went to visual artist Henk Tas and Willem van Drunen in 1977. They were allowed to design the metro viaduct between the stations Maashaven and Zuidplein. Tas and Van Drunen painted green sanseveria plants on two of the columns. Roses were painted on the middle column. Above each painted column hangs a red fence ornament on either side of the metro track, which, as it were, marks the whole.

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About Henk Tas

Henk Tas (Rotterdam, 1948) is a sculptor, photographer, graphic artist and wall painter. He studied free drawing and painting at the Academy of Visual Arts in Rotterdam from 1966 to 1972. Tas is inspired by pop culture. IN 1972 he was nominated for the Threshold Prize. In 1991 he received the Erfurth Prize. His works are included in collections of Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Groninger Museum and Center Pompidou in Paris, among others.

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About Willem van Drunen

Willem van Drunen (Schwäbisch Gmünd, 1947) is a sculptor and wall painter. He was born in the south of Germany but moved to the Netherlands early on. He studied at the Academy of Visual Arts in Rotterdam and then established himself as a visual artist in Rotterdam. From 1979 to 1992, Van Drunen, together with Hans Citroen and Cor Kraat, formed the artists' collective Kunst & Vaarwerk.

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Mijnsherenlaan 108, 3081 CH Rotterdam, Netherlands