Jan de Baat taught himself after World War II sculpture, where he was influenced by sculptors as Marino Marini, Henry Moore and Ossip Zadkine. The Baat was late eighties professor sculpture at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam.
He was commissioned by the Municipality of Groningen a picture of the Peerd of Uncle Loek. The council was not initially impressed by the result, but it was made in 1959 placed on the square in front of the Central Station and has since been a beeldbepaler Groningen. The Baat has later distanced itself from this work, because he found it too figurative.
He gained national fame with his liberation monument Amsterdam owes its Canadians (1980): the fluttering streamer steel rising from the lawn in the Apollo Avenue. The Baat has specialized in monumental art, usually made of stainless steel or natural stone. Be characterized as abstract expressionism, his work consists of more than 40 images in the public domain in the Netherlands. The Baat died in 2010 at age 89
Here below some photos from the Rainbow in Lelystad. Project management and manufactured by Mike van Essen.