Crack post (1978) Cor Kraat
De Crack post is a playful version of an ordinary boring lamp post. Just as gray as any other, but twisted from above and ending in two branches, typical of '70 art. After painting lanterns on Stationsplein and Gouvernestraat, Kraat got the idea to do something with the shape of a lamppost. The meandering post 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."
Cor Kraat (Rotterdam, 1946) studied from 1965 to 1971 at the Rotterdam Academy of Visual Arts. 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 - 1983, Cor Kraat was a screenprint teacher at the Rotterdam Academy. Kraat was a co-founder of the Black Cat gallery.