Georg van der Wagt

Mauthausen

Georg van der Wagt (1921-2007) is born in Rotterdam. From 1943 to 1945 he studies there at the Academy of the Visual Arts. One of his teachers is the famous sculptor John Raedecker. He continues his study as the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam. He assists Raedecker in creating the National Monument in commemoration of World War 2 on the Dam in the center of the capital.
Van der Wagt creates monumental works for schools and for firms like Philips, Akzo and De Nederlandsche Bank. His work is both figurative and abstract, using materials as concrete, stone and metal. In the course of time his figurative work develops more towards the abstract. In the final years of his life Van der Wagt concentrates on painting.

Mauthausen

Model (1:10 scale) of an art work commemorating the horrors of the Mauthausen concentration camp (1938-1945). Van der Wagt symbolizes the stairway of the Mauthausen quarry, a stairway where most inmates of the camp lost their lives.    

Van der Wagt asked the Mechanical Engineering Science Store to design the geometry of the art work in such a way that the final step would come out vertical, like a crucifix.   

That way the art work symbolizes the insurmountability of the stairway of the Mauthausen quarry.  

Location: niche near Gemini North, floor 1

links: nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_van_der_Wagt