Crack post (1978) Cor Kraat
De Crack post is a playful version of an ordinary boring lamppost. As gray as any other, but serpentine at the top and branching out into two branches, typical of 1970s art. After painting lanterns on Stationsplein and Gouvernestraat, artist Cor 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.
Cor Kraat (Rotterdam, 1946) attended the Rotterdam Academy of Visual Arts 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 - 1983, Cor Kraat was a screen printing teacher at the Rotterdam Academy. Kraat was co-founder of the Black Cat gallery.