The Horizon (2004) Cor Kraat

Otto Snoek
About the artwork

Since 2004, there has been a relief made by the Rotterdam artist Cor Kraat on the facade of the former Rotterdam Seamen's House on the Westerstraat. The Zeemanshuis used to be a place where passing sailors used to stay. Kraat was asked to make a design for the facade. He made a large, stainless steel wall sculpture of a sailor looking ahead with his binoculars. The Horizon is a recognizable image for everyone. Below the work is a sign on the wall with the text: “The target of the canal is always on or behind the horizon”.

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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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