Location – Doelsteeg
Material – Latex on plaster
Size – 20x3m
Year – 2016
Photography – Ralph Roelse
Video – Stein de Bont
Studio Kratje Beeld is a temporary design studio formed by ten third-year AKV|St. Joost Illustration students. In their training period they work on assignments for various clients. For most students it is the first time they work on this scale. The mural is therefore thoroughly prepared with sketches, color studies and research at the City Archives Breda.
At the archive the students found different stories about the Doelsteeg. For example about the guild of Saint George, which shot with the crossbow. In 1644 this guild had to vacate their targets at the Valkenberg and were assigned a space close to the present Doelensteeg. The guilds target area extended from the end of the Doelensteeg to the current Coothplein. A little later barracks for soldiers were build in the corridor. The targets were sold in 1859 and the guild was abolished in 1863.
The narrow corridor remained and lead toward a technical school which opened in 1886. It was built thanks to the legacy of Dr. L.F.W. van Cooth, a socially conscious man that left the city a huge amount of money. He had foresight as craftsmen then were mostly trained by guilds, but the increasing industrialization created higher demand for skilled craftsmen. The school started with nearly fifty students learning carpentry, furniture making, forging and painting from six-thirty in the morning to seven o’clock in the evening.
One of the later students of the technical school was Mr. Van Dijk. His grandfather Louis van Dijk Cycling had a bicycle shop on the corner of the Ginnekenstraat and Doelsteeg. Mr Van Dijk completed his training with honorable mention, joined the family business and lived for years in the house whose facade is now painted.
The technical school burned down completely in December 1979. Today the school still exists under the name of Prinsentuin Cooth. The painting shows a group of students crafting the dragon from the legend George and the Dragon, the patron saint to which the archers were named. If you look closely, you will see Mr Van Dijks racing bike in the workplace.