Lou Bandy's hat (1985) Kunst & Vaarwerk
De Lou Bandy's hat, made by Kunst & Vaarwerk, has been in the Vroesenpark pond since 1985. It is an enlargement of the classic Oxford 1896 straw hat. He is lying in the water as if he has blown off the head of someone who was strolling in the park. The oversize format gives the image an alienating effect. The hat is anchored to the bottom, floats around a bit, and has slanted a bit over the years. Every autumn the work is taken out of the water by Stadsbeheer and in the spring, when the frost is over, the hat is put back in the water.
Kunst & Vaarwerk was an artists' group consisting of Cor Kraat (1946), Hans Citroen (1946) and Willem van Drunen (1947) and existed from 1979 to 1992. Kunst & Vaarwerk was a Dutch pop-art variant, which returned to the harsh urbanity with humor and irony. The scale of the port city required an art of size and brutality, but it is also an art against forgetfulness. The group worked with the Rotterdam business community to finance the projects and has realized various works in public spaces.