Papekiet (2014) Albert Kramer

Otto Snoek
About the artwork

Provenierswijk residents association thought that the white residential complex in the Jacob Loisstraat could use some color and contrasting shape. Artist Albert Kramer lives in the neighborhood and has created several colorful images and play objects for Rotterdam. He was asked by the residents' association to make a picture and decorate the residential block. Kramer designed the 4,3 meter high Papekiet, a cross between a parrot and a parakeet. Since 2014, the green-yellow bird has been sitting on an edge in a cove between the two blocks of white brick. By means of a sensor and two small solar panels, the Papekiet since 2018 lit during the dusk.

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About the artist

Albert Kramer (Rotterdam, 1954) was originally a painter and draftsman, but in recent years he has been working a lot on assignments in public spaces, both in his hometown of Rotterdam and elsewhere in the Netherlands. The surroundings, history or use and function of a place can be a reason for his designs, which take the form of images, play objects and murals. They are cheerful, accessible and appealing.

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