Dom Hans van der Laan
Location: Traverse building, Dorgelo room
With some justification, the letter may be called the most important creation of human art of all time. However, designers of letters are only seldomly considered to be artists. The alphabet in stone by Hans van der Laan, which adorns the Dorgelo room in the Traverse building, proves that this is in some cases quite wrong. It was donated to TU/e by the department of Architectural Sciences on the occasion of its 15th anniversary in 1982.
Dom Hans van der Laan (1905 - 1991) an architect and Benedictine monk, designed his Alfabet according to a set of strict rules. His source of inspiration were the capitals of Roman civilization, which are still the original form of our modern capital letters. Van der Laan's Alfabet was carved in freestone by a fellow monk in Vaals abbey (province of Limburg).
Van der Laan explained his design in detail in an exclusive little book. Placing the work in the Dorgelo room also took place observing strict architectural lines. The order of the letters is therefore not alphabetic.
See also: Mens Agitat Molem