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Florentijn Hofman designed Bospoldervos for Schiedamseweg

A project was started in 2016 to 'revitalize' Schiedamseweg. Part of this was the addition of visual art to the street scene. After a careful participation process led by CBK Rotterdam, a design by artist Florentijn Hofman was chosen halfway through 2017. He designed the "Bospoldervos", a monumental fox of 10 meters high and 14 meters long. To emphasize the connection with city life, the fox has a plastic bag in its mouth. The Bospoldervos will be placed on the western side of the street, near Marconiplein. The work is expected to be completed in the autumn of 2019.

Florentijn Hofman studied at the Christian Academy of Visual Arts in Kampen and at the Kunsthochschule in Berlin. He became known for being Rubber ducks, strongly enlarged yellow bath ducks with a friendly appearance that he presented in various sizes around the world. Hofman has also previously designed images of animals, such as an 31 meter long muskrat made of straw, an 12 meter high shepherd dog made of straw bales and 210 paper starlings in the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam. Two works by him can be found in Rotterdam, namely Black Crow (2006) at the Natural History Museum, and the Five paper boats (2010) along the quay in Schiemond. His most famous Rotterdam (temporary) work was the Blue House on Beukelsdijk. Hofman lives and works in Arnhem.

Publication date: 08 / 11 / 2018

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