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2015
reinforced concrete
Following the visit to the Fundatie Museum De Fundatie. It is busier than an average Dutch museum. We arrive at the cause of the above average interest, the temporary exhibition, ‘Cremer in paint 1954-2014.’ Jan Cremer (1940) is known for his 1964 book, ’I, Jan Cremer’. I can see the poster, ‘I, Jan Cremer’, Jan on the motorbike. Looks like an old Harley Davidson. Jan, who has come along with me to the museum, also has a motorbike. Not any particular brand, but an original model. In 1995, when I was an artist beginning to get more assignments I also wanted to do my own work. So I constructed the concrete motorbike, using shapes and moulds of cardboard, tupperware, half buckets, toilet rolls, vacuum cleaner hose and jerry cans. I welded the reinforcing bars together, which created another new element. I did not make a copy, but used the image from memory, collected by so much tinkering and by looking around on the street. The motorbike was allowed to be displayed at a trade fair in Rotterdam. Then it was sold, and subsequently stayed at the headquarters of Mebin for about fifteen years,  after which the company was reorganized and there was no more room for the motorbike. We finally took it to Jan.
The Heino Wijhe location is particularly interesting for sculpture. Three concrete sculptures by Henk Zweerus are fascinating. They are abstract constructions of stacked blocks. It amazes me that in 1960-1970 it could also be made in a few days, given the form and material. Concrete can be cast in moulds and in this case between several boards. Working with moulds means that you have to think in negative forms; the concrete takes the shape of the inside of the mould.
Photo 2: Poster I Jan Cremer
Photo 3:Henk Zweerus concrete statuettes at Museum the Fundatie