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Ben Zegers (1962, Utrecht)
Sketch, Ben Zegers
Artist impression of 'Everyone is dead, except us', performed by 3DCapacity
Scale model of 'the feet'
Image: 3DCapacity
Alderman Kasmi hands over the first copy of the brochure about the artwork to Ben Zegers

Ben Zegers artwork for the Binnenrotte

Rotterdam artist Ben Zegers has made a design for a new sculpture on the Binnenrotte. The sculpture has the shape of two elegantly turned aluminum feet, which are placed at a distance from each other. The artwork refers to the origin of the city around the now invisible 'dam' in the Rotte and to the ancient function of the place as a marketplace. The artwork thus forms the conclusion of the new interior.

View the brochure about Ben Zegers' design here or visit the mini exhibition about this project on the 4e floor of the Central Library, which can be seen until 28 December.

Het proces
In 1993 year, a new citizens' initiative, the Rotte-Dam committee, committed itself to greater recognisability of the dam in the Rotte as a place where Rotterdam originated. That same year, a proposal from the city council was adopted to identify that location by means of a work of art. In 2007 a budget was made available for a work of art as part of the project refurbishment Binnenrotte, after which the location was determined in 2010. The choice for Ben Zegers was made in 2015 by a selection committee consisting of representatives of the municipality and Sculpture International Rotterdam. Residents of the area will be informed later this month. the artwork is expected to be delivered in the second half of 2019.

About the artist
Ben Zegers (1962, Utrecht) "disrupts the measure of things". His images are so elastic in form and content that they constantly change their identity. In this way they play a constant game with the expectations and the physical presence of the viewer. Zegers settled in 1988 in Rotterdam. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen dedicated a solo exhibition to the artist in 1993. In 1994 Zegers received the Charlotte Köhler prize from the Prince Bernhard Fund. Zegers' works can be seen in various places in Rotterdam, such as the Window stories (2009) in the Pendrechtse Melissantstraat and the monument 'Free sailing! ' for trade unionist Edo Fimmen on Katendrecht. His work is also in the collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, The Hague Municipal Museum and the Caldic Collection. Zegers is a member of the Executive Board of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. He lives and works in Rotterdam.

Publication date: 14 / 11 / 2018

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