Artwork Data




Jack van Osnabrugge




Staal en rvs


h. 205 cm

Artwork Location


Denenburg, Den Haag

City district

Haagse Hout

GPS data

52.089778202526, 4.356748229226 View on map

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Artwork Description


Jack van Osnabrugge's 'Transparent Cube', placed in 1979 on the shopping plaza in Denenburg, is in fact a cube inside a cube. The construction of bright yellow tubes is open on all sides and looks the same from all angles. The geometrical principles of uniformity have been applied exactly and the symmetry is one hundred percent correct.

Jack van Osnabrugge started a studio in The Hague with his wife Ariëtte in 1974. His name is little known outside professional circles, because he has always kept himself aloof from trends and discussions. The artist studied at the Vocational School for Gold- and Silversmiths in Schoonhoven from 1966 to 1969, and continued his education at the Fachhochschule für Gestaltung in Pforzheim from 1970 to 1974. After returning to the Netherlands, it became clear that it was difficult to find work in the jewellery trade for a goldsmith trained in Germany and working with precious metals instead of steel or plastic.

However, Van Osnabrugge was not easily caught. He created his own stage, which soon proved to be very popular. Between 1974 and 1980 he coordinated his activities from a gallery and workshop in The Hague. From there he also presented his work to the outside world.

In the 1970s, Van Osnabrugge realised several constructivist sculptures for the public space in The Hague within the framework of the then Beeldende Kunst Regeling. The transparent cube is one of them. Afterwards, he returned to making jewellery in which geometric forms such as the circle and the square still serve as building blocks. Through all kinds of original interventions or additions, however, the jewellery ultimately takes on a lyrically abstract appearance.