MS Rottebocht 2 (2007) Cor Kraat

Mark Roestenburg, City Archives Rotterdam
About the artwork

MS Rottebocht 2 is a steel sculpture by the Rotterdam artist Cor Kraat. This image is a continuation of Kraats wall relief from 1989 with the same title and subject. This wall relief was located on the front side of Zwaanshals 114 on a building that has now been demolished. Hence this image MS Rottebocht 2. By means of a dynamic line play, the image suggests a ship in motion: the motor ship (MS) sails inland and symbolizes the former connection of the Rotte with the Nieuwe Maas. Since the construction of the metro and Churchillplein station (nowadays Beurs station) around 1960, there is no longer an open connection with the Nieuwe Maas. Kraat designed the statue at the time of the redesign of the Zaagmolenkade, which among other things led to a pedestrian boulevard along the Rotte: a hardwood platform on a steel structure that is half on the quay and half over the water. In 2019 the statue was painted blue at the request of the artist.

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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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