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Brandende stad - Bloeiende stad

A blaze of flowers on the iconic theatre square. A temporary installation in the heart of Rotterdam’s city centre.

Brandende stad – Bloeiende stad, or ‘Burning city – Flowering city’, was a temporary installation on the Schouwburgplein in Rotterdam. Consisting of thousands of flowers, the sculpture simultaneously depicts the burning city and the flourishing of Rotterdam after the events on the 14th of May, 1940.

“Is it possible for a blaze of flowers to explain what happened on the 14th of May 1940 without being a historical monument? The Schouwburgplein is an open space from which you can enjoy the skyline. It is a place to get together during the day. Flowers are the finishing touch here, the smile.” Adriaan Geuze

”Kan een vuur van bloemen iets uitleggen over wat er op 14 mei 1940 is gebeurd, zonder direct een monument te zijn? Het schouwburgplein is een open plek van de nieuwe stad vanwaar je van de skyline kan genieten. Het is de ontmoetingsplek gedurende de dag. Bloemen zijn hierbij de finishing touch, de glimlach.” Adriaan Geuze

Rotterdam City of Architecture 2007

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