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