Cromvlietplein, Den Haag
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Marte Röling studied at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam and subsequently developed into a versatile artist. She paints, draws, etches, lithographs, makes screen prints and sculptures and carries out monumental commissions. Initially, Röling worked in a figurative manner. Although her work is very diverse, it is generally considered to be part of the visual arts that are a continuation or a variant of Pop Art.
Röling's projects and sculptures reveal a strong interest in technique in general and in experimenting with new techniques in particular. Rubber, PVC, car paint, gold, clay, gauze or simply paint on canvas: nothing escapes her interest. The dynamics of her sculptures are determined by lively design, sparkling colour combinations, inventive use of materials and playful approach.
Röling is especially known for her fascination with aeroplanes (she had a jet plane placed in the garden of her house) and with everything that has to do with festive decorations. Bows, flags, ribbons and banners were incorporated into all sorts of sculptures. The monument to flags that arose in the heart of the Cromvlietplein is an example of this.
The monument on the Cromvlietplein consists of six flagpoles made of concrete and polyester. They are about 8 metres high. At the top of the pylons, pennants, flags or ribbons have been attached, which stand out because of their frivolous, almost careless design. There are knots in them, they have sometimes partly curled around the mast or they hang down loosely along the poles. This apparent nonchalance reinforces the uncomplicated character that Marte Röling seeks.