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On the 14th of May in 1940 Rotterdam was bombarded, which practically destroyed…

On the of May in 1940 Rotterdam was bombarded, which practically destroyed the entire city center. The missing heart of the city inspired the artist Ossip Zadkine to make his famous statue 'De Verwoeste Stad' (ENG: The Destroyed City). A male figure

Zadkine - Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The statue symbolizes the destruction of Rotterdam by German bombs in WWII.

Zadkine - Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The statue symbolizes the destruction of Rotterdam by German bombs in WWII.The center (heart) of Rotterdam was destroyed entirely. The statue's hole in the middle, symbolizes the 'missing heart of the city'.

Ossip ZADKINE ((sculpteur français d'origine russe 1890-1967) bronze de 1953, situé sur une place de Rotterdam

Ossip Zadkine, De Verwoeste Stad "In Dutch, this sculpture, by Russian Ossip Zapkine, is known by two names: “De Verwoeste Stad” (The Destroyed City) and “Stad zonder hart” (City without a heart).

Naum Gabo - Construction for the Bijenkorf Department Store, Rotterdam, 1954-57 - 85 ft. high

Naum Gabo - Construction for the Bijenkorf Department Store, Rotterdam, - 85 ft.

Fikkie is wellicht het bekendste hondje van Rotterdam. De bronzen terriër zit normaliter rustig temidden van het winkelend publiek op de Oude Binnenweg. Drie keer van zijn sokkel gejat, kwam Fikkie in de belangstelling. Teruggevonden of -gegeven, gelukkig kwam hij altijd weer op zijn pootjes terecht, op zijn oude stekkie. Kunstwerk door Joeki Noorlander-Simak uit 1963

Fikkie is perhaps the most famous dog in Rotterdam. The bronze terrier sits quietly among the shoppers at the Oude Binnenweg. Artwork by Joeki Noorlander-Simak 1963

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