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The Rolled-up model

The archive of architect Ernest Groosman (1917-1999) is among the most important archives from the post-war period from around 1960 to 1980. Archivist Alfred Marks: ‘Many architects have rolled up their drawings due to lack of space. While examining the boxes of rolled-up items, I came cross a rolled-up model. It is described as a ‘study for a neighbourhood design with stamps, collage card on paper’. ‘Collage’ or ‘model’, it makes little difference what we call this object. In any case, it is clear that it deserves a better storage method than being rolled up. The rolling of the paper has resulted in tension on the sheet so that the affixed pieces of card are in danger of coming loose. The best option is to flatten this object. But that is easier said than done: we placed weights on it for several weeks but as soon as they were removed it just rolled up again. It clearly requires professional help.’