The Horizon (2004) Cor Kraat
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”.
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.