The statue of Desiderius Erasmus is the oldest statue in the Netherlands. It stands in Grote Kerkplein, just a stone s throw from the Laurenskerk. Desiderius Erasmus was a famous Renaissance humanist, theologian and philosopher who was born in Rotterdam around 1468.
This 40-ton, 26.2-metre steel artwork beside De Bijenkorf department store was an
ideological contribution to constructivism , as Gabo put it. Despite its heavy mass, the sculpture conveys an impression of weightlessness.
Controversial and conspicuous, the Santa Claus sculpture – known colloquially as the ‘Buttplug Gnome’ – is the bronze symbol of Western consumerism. It stands on Eendrachtsplein in plain view of local shoppers.
P. McCarthy (2001)