Bert Hermans
'Illusion 4' (Market Hall Rotterdam)
Oil on linen
80 x 80 cm

This painting was made after an early evening stroll from station Blaak to the library passing the Market Hall in Rotterdam. In the glass facade of the Market Hall the library on the opposite site was visible.The evening sun reflected the building in the glass of the Market Hall and this reflection with the background of the ceiling of the Market Hall formed the inspiration for the painting called 'Illusion 4'.

The Rotterdam Central Library is one of the city's best architectural curiosities. With a 6-story cascading facade, industrial design and angular yellow tubes, it is one of the most controversial buildings in the city. It also has a total surface of 24.000 m² the Central Library, making it one of the largest in Holland. ?

The Market Hall is a residential and office building with a market hall underneath, located in the city center of Rotterdam. The building was opened on October 1, 2014, by Queen Máxima of the Netherlands. Besides the large market hall, the complex houses 228 apartments, 4600 m2 retail space, 1600 m2 horeca and an underground 4-storey parking garage with a capacity of 1000+ cars.
The Market Hall was designed by architectural firm MVRDV. The grey nature stone building has an archwise structure like a horseshoe. The building has a glass facade on both sides, these are made up of smaller glass windows. The smaller windows are mostly squared and around 1485 millimeters wide. All of these are hung around a structure of steel cables, 34 metres high and 42 metres wide, which makes it the largest glass-window cable structure in Europe. Each facade has 26 vertical and 22 horizontal cables.
The inside of the building is adorned with an 11.000 m2 artwork by Arno Coenen, named Hoorn des Overvloeds (Horn of Plenty). The artwork shows strongly enlarged fruits, vegetables, seeds, fish, flowers and insects. Right after the opening in 2014, the artwork got a lot of attention from around the world. Some called it The largest artwork in the world or The Sistine Chapel of Rotterdam.