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During the war, the city of Rotterdam was completely destroyed then hastily re-built resulting in the construction of standard concrete buildings lacking aesthetic appeal. In an effort to jazz up the city’s buildings and lend beauty to the area, a group of artists began installing creative art installations. 

The artists—known locally as kunst en vaarwerk—have developed a few influential pop art pieces to liven up Rotterdam. Their best-known piece is the BMW by Cor Kraat, which was unveiled in 1987 by the municipal councilor. 



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The stories of The West-Kruiskade en nl 0.5kmsite_izi
The Luchtsingel 20140.2kmsite_ao
Schaakstukkenmuseum 20201.1kmsite_ao
The Bombardment of Rotterdam en 1kmsite_izi
Rotterdam Round Trip en nl 0.9kmsite_izi
Rotterdam Maritime Short Trip en 0.9kmsite_izi
Medieval Rotterdam Walk en 0.8kmsite_izi
Rotterdam, city of marines en 1.3kmsite_izi
Rotterdam’s Old City Wall 20201.1kmsite_ao
Rotterdam Jazz Artists Memorial 20200.8kmsite_ao
Witte de Withstraat Tram Stop 20201.1kmsite_ao
Biopik 20191.2kmsite_ao
In Rotterdam, a Huge Teapot Lights Up a Nursing Home 20190.7kmsite_ao
Rotterdam Historic Harbor 20191kmsite_ao
Paul McCarthy’s Santa Claus 20150.9kmsite_ao
The Luchtsingel 20140.2kmsite_ao
Cube House 20161.2kmsite_ao
The Delftse Poort 20190.3kmsite_ao
Sylvette 20191.1kmsite_ao
Fikkie 20190.8kmsite_ao
Schouwburgplein Kinetic Lamp Posts 20190.4kmsite_ao
Kraatpaal 20190.6kmsite_ao
Blaak House 20181kmsite_ao
A Statue of the Second-Tallest Dutchman, Ever 20170.6kmsite_ao
Groothandelsgebouw 19510.5kmsite_brutalism
r/todayilearned – TIL Kids playground built from discarded wind turbine parts. The Rotterdam based playground is a maze-like structure made from five discarded wind turbine blades. The recycled blades make up a slide tower, a watch tower, tunnels, bridges, ramps, and slides. 20190.3kmpost

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