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Coolsingel, Rotterdam


De Coolsingel: the (disappeared) history of Rotterdam in 1000 meters of street, art and ornaments

From March to September Sculpture International Rotterdam offers a guided tour of the Coolsingel on Friday afternoons and Sunday afternoons with architecture and art guide Marly Weemen (Friday) or with the city announcer, artist, postman Wim Konings (Sunday). Konings is the man who has been saying 'It is never too late to say sorry!' Every week for years. blares over the Coolsingel. Central to this walk is this city boulevard from Hofplein to the river, a 1000 meter long avenue full of monuments, works of art and ornaments. The avenue provides a fascinating picture of the (disappeared) history of Rotterdam, where the many works of art and ornaments on the buildings form a common thread. Reconstruction art (with the Gabo and Zadkine as masterpieces), architecture and dozens of ornaments. The Coolsingel tour shows in 1,5 hours the past, present and the ever-uncertain future of this boulevard. In the imagination, the tour makes this unique (but worn) boulevard a monument and is part of Tribute to an Avenue, SIR's program for the Coolsingel.

Sunday 10 July, 24 July and 7 August at 15.00 hour with Wim Konings
Start on Weena, at work the Destroyed City from Ossip Zadkine.
Register: State in the e-mail the desired date and the number of people

Friday 1 July, 15 July, 29 July at 17.15 hour with Marly Weemen
Start at Hofplein / Weena: at the statues of Willem de Kooning
Register: State in the e-mail the desired date and the number of people.
For more information or last-minute changes (for example in bad weather) we refer you to the facebook page of InSpace Rotterdam.

The personal contribution for the participants is € 5, - per participant, to be paid in cash before commencement (please pay appropriately). The maximum number of participants per tour is 12.

Monsieur Jacques, Oswald, Wenkebach, photo: Jannes Linders
Monsieur Jacques, Oswald, Wenkebach, photo: Jannes Linders