Public Art. Amsterdam

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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

Licht

De Brug

De Brug

Ruimtestructuur

Het Zandkasteel en de Amsterdamse Poort

How to Kill a Tree, Edward Clydesdale Thomson

City Cells

Nelson Mandela

Monument tegen Apartheid en Racisme

DOE IETS / DO SOMETHING

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

Gloei!

Voor de Bijen

Industrieel Monument

The Black Archives

Tussentijd

Corned Beef

Sami

Brace for Impact, Node #6

Untitled (You Don’t Have To Be Here)

Staalmanplein

Wegwerphuisje

Groot Landschap

De 7 poorten

Klimmuur

De Kies

Black Waves

Tectona Grandis

Stapeling omlaag

Animaris Rhinoseros Transport

Tuinen van West

De Poort van Constant

Fietstunnel station Amsterdam CS

Noordbeeld

NDSM-Werf

Ontmoetingsplaats

IJ boulevard

ADM monument

De Ceuvel

NDSM-Werf

Observatorium

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

Cascoland

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

Untitled

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

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This work by Serge Verheugen calls ‘DO SOMETHING’ every day to passers-by who cycle, drive and walk under the viaduct over the busy Wibautstreet. ‘Why, and what? Who are you talking to? Who are you actually?’ was the response to the work by an anonymous poet. ‘Are we supposed to do something about the ugly surroundings?’ he added. And, indignantly: ‘Do I have to do something about myself?’ But he concludes, like the many other reactions on Verheugen’s website, with ‘Thanks for something’.

The metal of DO SOMETHING has had many lives. It served as shelving for stock in laboratories and warehouses until it came into Verheugen’s hands in 2015. He used it to make the DOEIDOEI (bye-bye) machine, a big kinetic work that waved goodbye to travellers in Schiphol airport in a Babel of languages. The public kept the work alive by writing messages on the big waving hands. In the same year the machine was demolished and reconstructed as DOE SOMETHING. It started in the Westerpark, where the work formed a gateway to a conference room, to urge those holding a meeting to turn their words into action. The work could not stay in the Westerpark because of difficulties about a permit for it that dragged on for years. In the end the support from a city district turned out to be crucial. The East Amsterdam district and the Wibaut Projectbureau eventually supported moving the work to the Wibautstraat. This time it is not a clear-cut gateway to a conference room. Which context can be projected onto the work here? Does it acquire a new meaning in the context of this art route?

DO SOMETHING provokes reactions, as is demonstrated by the artist’s website on which numerous passers-by have left a token of their gratitude. Art in the public space is seldom so simple, direct and above all prescriptive as these two words. But while forming an imperative, the words also leave a lot open. What it is that needs to be done is probably best known by the observers themselves. ‘Get down to work, get started on the big job’, Verheugen says, ‘make a change, declare your love, start a business, call a mother, improve a world’. Do what you think needs to be done, with yourself or perhaps with the world.

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