Artwork Data




Lon Pennock






300 cm

Partial collection


Artwork Location


Grote Markt, Den Haag

City district


GPS data

52.075821268236, 4.3101832807121 View on map

Artwork Description


The forms that appear in the world - the monumental form of an aeroplane, the blocks of basalt of a pier or of a bridge construction - to me they have more to do with sculpture than the objects that are considered art at the academy. They are forms made by people, but without the pretence of being works of art. They are unchanging and have a natural presence.

This is the vision of artist Lon Pennock, creator of the pedestal sculpture 'Intersection'.
The sculpture consists of two L-shaped beams, which Pennock says are a crucifix with shifted axes and a twisted heart. The sculpture appears to be a smaller representation of his characteristic work. This is large in scale and has the appearance of an industrial construction due to its colour and material. Examples are 'Intersection' in Kijkduin, two more than man-size Corten steel rectangles, and the two metre-high pillars 'The River' placed on Blaak in Rotterdam in 1984.

Although Pennock was trained in the figurative tradition in the 1960s, his work soon developed into 'concrete art'. Throughout his career, the artist, former director of the Rotterdam art academy and consultant in urban planning and related fields, has devoted himself to a careful examination of the material and the way in which the sculpture relates to its surroundings.

Pennock was not in favour of a sculpture standing on a pedestal. It would create distance. You have to be able to stumble over them,' was his motto. Because the plinth is the binding factor in Struycken's project and fits within an urban development vision, Pennock overcame his objection.