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The Bow

By Philip_H
'The Bow' by Frederico Carusso.

Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Built in memory of the many sailors and civilians who died at sea during World War II, Frederico Carusso’s 'The Bow' is an imposing skyline landmark in Rotterdam, and a bleak reminder of the devastation of war. Forty-six metres high, the monument originally consisted of a towering column representing a ship’s bow, cutting through concrete waves. When it was unveiled in 1957, the sculpture received mixed criticism, and Carusso was asked to add a human element to the monument in order to emphasize the idea of human loss. In 1965, the final monument was unveiled, now with five bronze figures huddled against the bow, one helmsman, three sailors and a drowned man.

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Tags: Netherlands Architecture Monument Black and white Memorial War memorial Rotterdam Bronze figures THE BOW Frederico Carusso Public monument

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mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.9k 2171 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2019 6:15PM
Interesting story. Just from looking at this, I suspect that the original concept would work for me as a statement of the inhuman, implacable, crushing nature of war. In perhaps the same way as the Memorial to the Murdered Jews in Berlin. But I understand the desire for an accessible, empathetic human element.

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Maiwand 13 3 73 England
26 Jan 2019 7:21PM
A wonderful and sensitive well deserved tribute.
26 Jan 2019 8:07PM
Superb image

Superb monument

nonur 11 18 13 Turkey
27 Jan 2019 8:27AM
Great POV and compo, superb result, Philip.
bliba Plus
14 2 Austria
27 Jan 2019 11:46AM
27 Jan 2019 1:49PM
Great P O V and interesting story


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