This is the first photo in this new Photo Friday series (starting today, the series will focus on Rotterdam, its history and culture through a photo every Friday).
Known as “De Verwoeste Stad” (The Destroyed City), this statue represents a man with a hole in the heart – built as a memorial to the destruction of the Rotterdam city center by the Germans in the World War II bombing in 1940. The Russian artist Ossip Zadkine carved out this famous sculpture after witnessing the intensity of despair and destruction in this Dutch city.
The sculpture, also known as “Stad zonder hart” (City without a heart) since it symbolizes the city of Rotterdam without its heart (the city center), was unveiled in the year 1953. Visit this statue at Plein 140 in Leuvehaven, situated right in the heart of Rotterdam for a better understanding of what the city is today.
[Photo Credit – Orangesplaash]