Artist. Sculptor. Born and died in Haarlem, Best known for his work memorializing victims of the Holocaust. He studied for several years at the Kunstnijverheids school in Haarlem and then studied sculpture at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, where he was taught by the sculptor Jan Bronner. His first monumental commissions came mainly from the Catholic Church: distillations of Bible scenes in stone. In 1949 following the second world war, he designed various figures – a soldier, a Jewish woman and child, bomb victims and resistance fighters – and placed them on individual plinths on a lawn. In February 1941 Mari was approached to design and sculpt a memorial for the strike, he chose a strident figure of a robust and militant dockworker. Since its unveiling by Queen Juliana on December 19, 1952 the sculpture has been widely regarded as a national symbol of the Resistance in the Netherlands. In 1962 Mari was commissioned to design a national monument to Queen Wilhelmina in The Hague. He also made sculptures of the engineer Lely at the Afsluitdijk and of Anne Frank, which has been displayed in Amsterdam since 1977.
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