Bas-relief in salvaged wood #136, 9,5 x 1 x 17m. Made from local poplar trees. Built on assignment for BKOR Rotterdam (on permanent display opposite Voorschoterlaan subway station, Rotterdam). photo by Bob Goedewaagen.
A large public sculpture built in july 2022 on the side of a six story apartment building on the corner of the Oudedijk and the Voorschoterlaan in Kralingen, Rotterdam. The project started in 2017 as a local initiative under the guidance of BKOR Rotterdam. Work started in December 2020 when seven large local poplar trees were cut down to the specifications of the artist. SASH is a bas-relief of a sliding window constructed in perspective. It is modeled after a window from the Voorschoterlaan from poplar trees from the Kralingsebos that were scheduled to be felled and processed as waste. The trunks were milled in Stroe, dried in Zelhem, thermally modified in Sevenum and planed in Maasdijk, a process that took 18 months. The artwork was prepared by a team of five while Vincent Petit built the supporting steel structure in the shipyards of Oud IJsselmonde. In july ’22 SASH was assembled on location.
Watch a film about the construction process of SASH made by Ron with his daughter Mila van der Ende (Dutch with English subtitles):
2018 Bas-relief in salvaged wood, 460 x 460 x 32cm. Made on commission for Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, Netherlands. Photo’s: Bob Goedewaagen.
This work is on permanent 24 hour a day display in the main entrance of the Erasmus MC hospital in Rotterdam.
KIT depicts a monumental cube consisting of colored wooden blocks. It is the largest salvaged wood bas-relief to date. As an object it is like an emblem or a coat of arms. But the image appears like a giant three dimensional puzzle. Within an improvised stack the parts are seemingly still looking for their final place. The work is meant to symbolize ‘accepting a challenge’ and to encourage anybody navigating the hallways of this large institute, as an emphasis on the power of the individual.
Some Erasmus M.C. video clips from the project (Dutch):
2017 Bas-relief in salvaged wood #113, 222 x 98 x 15cm. Private collection, Plakias, Crete, Greece.
The Ferrari Dino was named after Alfredo “Dino” Ferrari (son of Enzo Ferrari) who died in 1956 from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy aged only 24. Today, 60 years later, there is still no cure for this disease. A few years ago a 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GT-Euro was found in a barn in California. It is currently being restored in a project to raise awareness about the disease and money to fight it. The Dino bas-relief depicts this car mid-reconstruction.
2017 Bas-relief in salvaged wood #112, 139 x 196 x 14cm. Private collection, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Het Industriegebouw is a building in Rotterdam designed by H.A. Maaskant, W. van Tijen and E. Groosman. In typology, function and appearance it became a powerful symbol of the Wederopbouw, the post war rebuilding policy of Rotterdam. The building was completed in 1952 and over the past few years it has been revived as an important cultural hub.
2008 Bas-relief in salvaged wood #53, size variable ca. 7m50 x 3m50 x 25cm. Built on assignment for WORM alternative music and film venue in Rotterdam (on permanent display).
This computer collage is the original design for Axonometric Array. It incorporated a cassette tape recorder but that was later omitted. Cassette tapes were chosen as a subject because of their d.i.y. aspect which perfectly fits the WORM venue: https://worm.org
2002 Bas-relief in salvaged wood #16, 350 x 210 x 20cm. Built for Hogeschool Rotterdam (Rotterdam University), Netherlands.
Fly Over was the first bas-relief that was made on commission. It was constructed especially for the auditorium of the new Economic Faculty (H.E.S.) in Rotterdam, part of Rotterdam University. The auditorium is a large space with dark grey walls and bright red linoleum floors. The colour of the floors is incorporated in the work as a red haze. The relief itself was based on photo’s of Kleinpolderplein, a large and complex stacked interchange built in Rotterdam from 1958 onwards.
View of Mobility at gallery Delta. Hans Sonnenberg is seen seated at his desk. Fly Over was temporarily installed at the gallery for the occasion of this show..
These works were part of the Mobility exhibition at gallery Delta in 2003: