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Trust (Vertrouwen)

Ronald Tolman

About this artwork.

Ronald Tolman designed a bronze statue of two seated figures. One sits in a relaxed position, while the other balances on two chair legs and is about to fall backwards. However, he is balanced by the feet of the person sitting opposite him.

The sculpture Trust symbolises the merger of two hospitals in Groningen in 1991. This was the merger of the Roman Catholic Hospital and the Diakonessenhuis.

Tolman made the sculpture in 1998 by order of the Supervisory Board of the Martini Hospital. It was not only meant to mark the merger, but also as a gift on the occasion of the farewell of Dr. ing. H.W.J. Kempen and Prof. Dr. A.S. van der Woude, respectively first chairman and vice-chairman of the Board. Both had been strongly committed to the merger of the two hospitals. 

Since the new hospital was built, the piece of art has stood on the walking route between the car park and the new main entrance, on the Van Swietenplein.

Symbolism of the human appearance, applause and release are the central themes in Ronald Tolman's images and etchings. This results in artwork that radiate movement and emotion. The bronze sculptures are usually a composition of thin and slender figures.


Van Swietenlaan (noordzijde Martiniziekenhuis)

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