Plaque C. van Traa (1980) Cor van Kralingen

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About the artwork

On the corner of the Meent and the Rodezand a plaque hangs against the facade of the Timmerhuis (formerly Stadstimmerhuis) with the portrait of the urban planner Cornelis van Traa (Rotterdam, 1899 - 1977). Van Traa has become known as the designer of the 'Basic plan for reconstruction'. A modern city was advocated in this plan, saying goodbye to the historic city triangle. Because the urban functions were separated from each other, the residential function disappeared from the center to the suburbs and commercial zones and traffic flows received full attention. Moreover, the center was moved slightly to the west, so that the Coolsingel now connected directly to the Leuvehaven and the Maas. The Basic Plan of Van Traa was adopted by the city council in 1946 and was decisive for the urban design of the current Rotterdam center.

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About the artist

Cor van Kralingen (Rotterdam, 1908 - Mijnsheerenland, 1977) was a sculptor and illustrator. For the Varagids and publisher Thieme, he made many pen drawings between 1935 and 1960, among other things. During the reconstruction period Van Kralingen was able to design reliefs and facing bricks in Rotterdam. He designed it Twentsch Ros (1948) on the roof of the then Twentsche Bank on the Blaak and the eight animal figures of the Hofplein fountain (1955). He also made a number of war monuments, such as Falling man (1951) en Woman with pigeon (1965) at the war graves on Cemetery Crooswijk, and the Ttraveling woman (1958) on the Goereesestraat in Charlois. His style was characterized as invariably figurative. He liked simplicity and a classically oriented beauty.

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