I found out today that these lamps that are found throughout the city have a specific name. They’re Pyke Koche lamp posts, named for the Dutch artist Frans Pieter Christiaan (Pyke) Koch (1901-1991). He seems to have worked primarily as a painter, in the magic realism style, but at some point he designed these lamps. He lived and worked in Utrecht for many years, with an apartment/studio located on the Oudegracht.
A restoration process has begun this month to make the workings of the lamps more efficient and easier to maintain and repair. The work will continue through September. The word I see popping up frequently these days, for this and other initiatives, is duurzaam, in the sense of sustainability. There seems to be a big push for greater sustainability in a variety of city-related issues. Or maybe it’s just that I notice it much more now that I know the word. But perhaps I know the word, because I’ve seen it come up so often. It’s all very chicken eggy. Anyway, as well as making the lamps more efficient, they will also be cleaning and repainting as needed. I hope that means that they will all be sporting the red and white colours of the city shield that is located at the bottom of the lamps. It’s a nice touch, as seen on one of the lamps at Janskerkhof.