Public Art. Amsterdam


Strike a Pose – Wafae Ahalouch

Amsterdam, the magic center, art and counterculture 1967-1970

Schip van Slebos

De Appel

Het Bankje

Het Raam

De Oude Kerk

Het Stoepje


De Brug

De Brug


Het Zandkasteel en de Amsterdamse Poort

How to Kill a Tree, Edward Clydesdale Thomson

City Cells

Nelson Mandela

Monument tegen Apartheid en Racisme


Spanje Monument

De Muur

Gedenkteken Steven van Dorpel

De Grote Glijbaan

Yellow Wings

Dolle Mina

Man en Schaap

Hortus Botanicus

Portrait of Jan Pieterszoon Coen, J.L. Vreugde

Anton de Kom

Now, Speak!

Tayouken Piss

Monument Bijlmerramp

Sequin Monument

Mama Aisa

Zonder titel (Twee Schuine Naalden)

Nationaal Monument Slavernijverleden

Monument for Martin Luther King


Voor de Bijen

Industrieel Monument

The Black Archives


Corned Beef


Brace for Impact, Node #6

Untitled (You Don’t Have To Be Here)



Groot Landschap

De 7 poorten


De Kies

Black Waves

Tectona Grandis

Stapeling omlaag

Animaris Rhinoseros Transport

Tuinen van West

De Poort van Constant

Fietstunnel station Amsterdam CS




IJ boulevard

ADM monument

De Ceuvel



De Ceuvel

Gedenkteken Ataturk

Twee Beelden

Sunday Seminar Pay Attention Please! curating the city

Official Opening Pay Attention Please!

De Kost en de Baat

Van Eesteren Museum and Aldo van Eyck’s climbing frames

Constructie met I-balken, André Volten

Mirage, Tamás Kaszás

Rembo, Bastienne Kramer

Untitled, Margot Zanstra

Horse Chestnut, Amok Island

2 U’s naar buiten / 2 U’s naar binnen, Carel Visser

Opstandingskerk, Marius Duintjer


WOW Amsterdam

Leonard van Munster, Under Heaven 02

Lex Horn, Concrete relief Hendrik de Keyser

Het Wiel, Jeroen Henneman

Herbert Nouwens, Brettensuite

White Noise

De Wachter

Feestelijke Beelden (festive sculptures)

Your Life is Calling


Primum movens ultimum moriens

11 Rue Simon Crubellier

Lady Solid

Opgelichte Stoeptegels

Ode to Mungus, Menhir Tower and Spire

Untitled (Hildo)

The First Turk Immigrant or The Nameless Heroes of The Revolution – Framer Framed

Amsterdam, the Magic Center Art and counterculture 1967-1970, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Monument for the White Cube – P/////AKT

Monuments to the Unsung – Framer Framed

wild care, tame neglect – Frankendael Foundation

GET LOST – art route, several artists

Ode to the Bijlmer – CBK Zuidoost

Untitled (You Don’t Have To Be Here) – De Appel

We should have a conversation (2018) – De Appel

Fiep van Bodegom

Roos van Rijswijk

Alma Mathijsen

Massih Hutak

Chris Keulemans

Rashid Novaire

  • permanent
  • accessible

From De Boelelaan it is only a short walk to Antonio Vivaldistraat. That’s where ‘the bodyguard’ of the Integraal Kindcentrum, an elementary school, is located. De Wachter(the watchman, or guard) by Boris Tellegen has been watching over the school here since 2015.The sculpture consists of various cubist forms in three kinds of steel. With its diverse surface structures and angular forms the sculpture blends into the background of surrounding buildings. The high poles on which it stands give it an almost human character: a building with legs.

Boris Tellegen first acquired fame as graffiti artist, going by the alias Delta. For De Wachterhe took inspiration from the high-rise buildings at the Zuidas, but also from children’s toys like Lego and robots. By combining these elements, he tries to give the monumental Zuidas towers surrounding the school a friendlier face, hoping the children will be less overwhelmed by their environment.

Prior to the official opening of the work, an educational project was launched by the school. Classes were organised with and about the artist. To introduce the artwork to them, the children cut and pasted their own adaptations of De Wachter. This practice helped to make the abstract and to them otherwise perhaps unfathomable artwork more accessible. The fact that the sculpture was created especially for the school and the children were involved in it in such an early stage led to their readily embracing the sculpture, and it really has become part of their identity as a school.

Again, it is not easy to identify the audience of a work in public space. By analysing the intentions of the commissioner and the artist, it is possible to find out what kind of audience they envisioned. De Wachterwas made for the users of the elementary school: the children, their parents and the teachers. But in the complex public space the work inhabits other accidental passers-by will also be confronted with it. The only information they have access to comes from the work itself. With its physical aspects (its height, its angular forms, its silver colour) it easily blends in with the office buildings that rise up around it. Executed in steel and in the midst of all the daily construction work, it may look like a temporary building project soon to disappear again. This shows how an artwork in public space can mean something entirely different to each of its various audiences.

More information

De Wachter op de officiële website van Boris Tellegen: