"Zadkine, monument 'the destroyed city'" Top 5 Page for this destination Street Scenes, Sights, and Art Tip by sachara

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When Ossip Zadkine saw the bombed and devastated city of Rotterdam on his way to a friend in 1946, these impressions inspirated him to design the monument ?the devastated city?. The local people of of Rotterdam called the sculpture also 'Jan Gat (meaning John Hole).

The monument was erected in 1953 close to the Leuvehaven at Plein 1940. With this monument Rotterdam commemorates the Second World War and the destruction of the old city centre.

The first book I saw of Rotterdam as kid had the sculpture of Zadkine at its frontpage and I can remember that the expression of the tortured figure impressed me. It took decades before I saw it with my own eyes, now surrounded by high bank buildings.

Directions: North of the Leuvehaven, just besides the Maritime Museum.

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  • Updated Oct 28, 2006
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