Crack post (1978) Cor Kraat

photo Otto Snoek
About the artwork

De Crack post is a cheerfully winding and meandering lamppost on the Karel Doormanstraat. It's a playful version of a regular boring lamppost. It is as gray as any other, but serpentine on top and ends in two branches. The artwork was created by artist Cor Kraat and is typical of 1970s art. After painting lanterns on Stationsplein and Gouvernestraat, Kraat had the idea to do something with the shape of a lamppost. This winding pole became one of the most photographed works of art in the city. Kraat said about his work: "It doesn't have to be beautiful, but it has to stand out." Anger at the monotony of the city was Kraat's main motivation.

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About the artist

Cor Kraat (Rotterdam, 1946) was educated at the Rotterdam Academy of Art from 1965 to 1971. From 1979 to 1992, Kraat worked in the artists' collective Kunst & Vaarwerk with Hans Citroen and Willem van Drunen. Kunst & Vaarwerk focused on monumental art in the city. Between 1979 and 1983 Cor Kraat taught screen printing at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. Kraat was also co-founder of the Black Cat gallery, a gallery for contemporary visual art on the Mauritsweg from 1978 to 1987.

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