Model of old Maas bridges (1987) Kunst & Vaarwerk
From the Boompjes people had a good view of the old Maas bridges in the old days. After these were replaced by the new Willems Bridge and supplemented with the new Erasmus Bridge, the artists of Kunst & Vaarwerk (Cor Kraat, Hans Citroen and Willem van Drunnen) came up with the idea to create a work of art that still gives the passer-by an impression of the view on the Maas from the past. Kunst & Vaarwerk designed a construction that protrudes above the quay wall and placed a model of the old Maas bridges on it. By taking the right position, the passer-by can drop the model of the old Maas bridges in front of the location of the existing new bridge. This creates a reconstruction of how the view used to be.
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.