The Idler’s Playground

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Nosey

The green Idler’s Playground (2010) sculpture in Rotterdam is by Cosima von Bonin. It is a two-piece artwork.

A Pinocchio look-alike boy sits on a tennis referee chair while bored and staring away. Meanwhile his nose grows longer until it sticks through the big green mushroom. Under the mushroom there is a bench that invites passers-by sit down.

All by all the artwork invites people escape daily life. Also that the entire sculpture is green makes it look like that Cosima von Bonin wants it blend with the area. Therefore invisible as much as possible.

An other intriguing artistic creation nearby is the Yellow Free Zone by Adrien Lucca. Of course after you understand Rotterdam’s own Idler’s Playground. Here is the location!

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Marathonbeeld

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Run as fast as you can

Another surprising artistic creation in Rotterdam is the Marathonbeeld (Marathon statue) by Henk Visch. This colorful artwork shows the variety of nationalities participating in the marathon. It is a gift from the local Marathon Foundation and part of the city’s street art scene.

Exactly twenty colors cover the steel statue that has a height of 5.5 meters. The nameplates on the concrete base display names of marathon winners. Since 2001 the Marathon statue stands next to the beautiful Erasmus bridge in Rotterdam. The presence of the statue even adds some color to the overall grey pavement of the bridge.

The artist Henk Visch also made the AUB sculpture in the Museumpark in Rotterdam. Yet the Marathonbeeld is part of the annual Rotterdam marathon route. Here is the location!

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Cascade

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Help!

With a height of 8.5 meters Cascade by Joep van Lieshout certainly draws the attention in Rotterdam. The dark green polyester artwork represents the depletion of planet earth’s resources. The sculpture Cascade is in Rotterdam from the year 2010.

Altogether the 18 barrels leak oil in the shape of humans who fall and climb. The humans are connected with each other. The gigantic sculpture also refers towards raw-material stock, economic crises and the bankruptcy of consumerism. It’s like a lifetime struggle for reaching the top but also dissapearing to the background.

Near the oily sculpture stands the strange Thing creation by Naum Gabo. Ironic is that Cascade by Joep van Lieshout is in a commercialized and financial area of Rotterdam. Here is the location!

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De Reus van Rotterdam

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Gigantic!

The De Reus van Rotterdam sculpture (2011) is the Giant of Rotterdam. It tells the story of Rigardus Rijnhout (1922-1959). The sculpture is by Herman Lamers.

With a lenght of 2.38 meters Rigardus Rijnhout carried shoe size 62 and weighed 230 kilograms. The bronze giant shows how tall he actually was. Furthermore the pair of shoes, chair and door point out the relative sizes.

The sculpture is a symbol of the underdog, but also for the growth of Rotterdam as a city. Although Rigardus often endured crowds of people teasing him, he always kept calm and friendly. Also a symptom of his growth disorder.

The De Reus van Rotterdam earned his money being a walking billboard. After his bicycle accident he sold postcards of himself sitting in a wheelchair near the Spido pier.

An other gigantic sculpture is Ongebroken Verzet by Hubert van Lith. The Giant of Rotterdam stands in the Oude Westen park. It is near his former house at the Gouvernestraat. Here is the location!

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