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Atlas Obscura The Hat of Lou Bandy

The Dutch city of Rotterdam was nearly completely destroyed during World War II and left as rubble, after which it was quickly rebuilt by erecting many concrete shoebox-style buildings. To counter this impersonal and monotonous architecture, a group of artists decided to create a bunch of interesting and offbeat art installations to liven up the city. 

The Kunst en Vaarwerk artist collective has developed a few influential pop art pieces around Rotterdam over the last few decades, and one of their best-known creations is the “Hat of Lou Bandy.” Created in 1985, the piece takes the form of a giant Oxford 1896-style straw hat floating upside-down in a lake.

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