Page 3: 2002/2005 – Individual projects
Miscellaneous works exhibited at Galerie Delta on the Oude Binnenweg 113 in Rotterdam in a number of solo and group shows from 2002 through 2005.
Bas-relief in salvaged wood, 135 x 165 x 14
(Collection Museum Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands)
Photo: Theo van Pinxteren, Museum Rotterdam
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The Parkflat under construcion.
Photo by Herbert Behrens, 12 August 1957. © Nationaal Archief
The Parkflat apartment block is situated on the corner of Westzeedijk and Kievitslaan in Rotterdam, overlooking the park. Designed by E.F. Groosman, it was built between 1948 and 1958 as the first large residential building of Rotterdam’s postwar reconstruction period. The Parkflat contains 50 relatively luxurious
apartments, although the tower block was constructed in a modified version of the MUWI concrete panel system.
This building system was widely used for mass housing construction all around the Netherlands until it fell out of favour in the early 1970s.
Parkflat bas-relief detail.
Ford Capri 1976 
Bas-relief in salvaged wood, 180 x 125 x 16cm
(collection Koert Verberne, Rotterdam, Netherlands)
Catalina (Flying Boat) 
Bas-relief in salvaged wood 370 x 92 x 20cm
(private collection, Wassenaar, Netherlands)
Fly Over 
Bas-relief in salvaged wood 350 x 210 x 20cm
Built for Hogeschool Rotterdam (Rotterdam University)
The Fly Over was the first bas-relief to be made on commission. It was constructed for the auditorium of the new Economic Faculty in Rotterdam. A vast space with dark grey brick walls and bright red linoleum floors. The colour of the latter is echoed in the work as an incorporated red haze. The relief itself was based on photo’s of the large Kleinpolderplein stacked interchange in Rotterdam.
Bas-relief in salvaged wood, ca 180cm wide
Bas-relief in salvaged wood 195 x 165 x 15cm
(collection F. van Dongen, Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Bas-relief in salvaged wood 185 x 195 x 16cm
(private collection Rotterdam, Netherlands)
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The Costa Classica ship section
In 2002 Cammel Laird Shipyard in Birkenhead near Liverpool was building a 14 storey ship section to upgrade the Costa Classica cruise ship owned by Italian Costa Cruises. The almost 200 year old shipyard was famous in the seventies and eighties for building nuclear submarines. Contracts had dried up with the end of the Cold War, and they were looking for a way into the civilian market. This assignment looked like a promising start. When the Costa Classica was already on its way to Birkenhead to be cut in half, Costa Cruises was taken over by Carnival Cruises, an American firm. Carnival doesn’t do ship extensions, they just replace outdated ships. News reached the shipyard that the Costa Classica had made a U-turn and was now steaming back to Italy. The new owners said they had reports of faults in the section. Within months the shipyard was declared bankrupt and its workers were laid off.
“The 14 storeys high section was bought by a consortium of Dutch investors. It was scrapped in Heijsehaven harbour in Rotterdam, just opposite my studio. My bas-relief was constructed while the original section was being dismantled. I even got to visit the section before they started. The only way in was to be hoisted on top of it by a tall crane. The upper decks were nearly finished, with spaces fitted as restaurants, a discotheque and a swimming pool. Lower down were hundreds of cabins and a fully equipped engine room – all brand new. It was an eerie experience.”
Image top: photo of the original section in the Heijsehaven by Ron van der Ende.
Slides: A photorecord of our visit to the section by Peter Breevoort.
Outboard Motor 
Bas-relief in salvaged wood, 195 x 120 x 15cm
(collection of Willem Tieleman, Rotterdam, Netherlands)
Fishing Trawler 
Bas-relief in salvaged wood 175 x 185 x 16cm
(corporate collection, Rotterdam, Netherlands)
Bas-relief in salvaged wood 285 x 97 x 16cm
(private collection Delft, Netherlands)
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Feestje [2002 with Freek Drent]
Paper collage, ca. 21 x 30cm
The artists used a printed version of this collage as an invitation for a legendary dinner party at the Keilestraat studio.
(collection of the artists)
Vauxhall (L.A. Riots) [2004 with Freek Drent]
Paper collage, ca. 45 x 45cm
(collection of Jeroen Princen, Rotterdam, Netherlands)
s.t. (Caravan 1) [2004 with Freek Drent]
Paper collage, ca. 40 x 30cm
(collection of the artists)