Austrian artist Frau Isa painted not one, but two murals on an apartment building at the Middellaan. Some people from Breda will recognise the designs right away: Isa’s work is inspired by the glorious past of the Kwatta factory.
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The 16-meter high diptych shows a Kwatta girl (right) and a Kwatta soldier (left), two familiar terms in Breda. From the end of the 19th century, the Steam Cacao and Chocolate Factory “Kwatta” was situated here, the bars the factory produced became world-famous in the Benelux. The chocolate-bar wrappers had little soldiers pictured on them, which could be collected as stamps, for a free bar or a tin soldier. When you had collected a 100 soldiers, you could exchange them for the most coveted item of all: a bendable toy-soldier.
Most Kwatta employees were young girls, famously known as the Kwatta meisjes (girls). An original Kwatta-girl was present at the official unveiling (August 18th 2019) of the murals, Corry Dieckmann. Back in the day, Kwatta girls would be addressed by their personal number, which in Corry’s case was 34. During the unveiling, Isa added the number 34 to her mural.
The murals have been made possible thanks to the contribution of Alwel and the neighbourhood platform.