The Werkman is a monument for Groningen printer and artist Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman, who was killed on 10 April 1945 by accomplices of the SD (German Security Service) shortly before the liberation.
The work of art has the shape of a suspension bridge and consists of sixteen stainless steel plates from which figures have been punched. The shapes refer to the templates Werkman often worked with. The row of punched plates that form a bridge was inspired by the rows of newspapers that come from the printing presses. The sculpture is a homage to the artist and printer Werkman.
Hans Rikken created ‘De Werkmanbrug’ for the Gallery Art Show in 1995, the year that was proclaimed the ‘Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman year’ by the municipality of Groningen.