Crack post (1978) Cor Kraat

Otto Snoek
About the artwork

De Crack post is a playful version of an ordinary boring lamp post. Just as gray as any other, but winding at the top and ending in two branches, typical of 70s art. After the painting of lanterns on the Stationsplein and in the Gouvernestraat, artist Cor Kraat got the idea to do something with the shape of a lamppost. This spiral pile became one of the most photographed works of art in the city. Kraat said of his work: "It doesn't have to be beautiful, but it has to stand out." Annoyance at the monotony of the city was Kraat's main motive from the start.

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About the artist

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.

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