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 ‘peeing woman’ caused a lot of commotion amongst the residents in her original location at Krugerplein, Amsterdam-Oost. These days she can be seen along Amstelveenseweg, dripping happily and undisturbed.

Driving your car on the Amstelveenseweg you will probably only notice her fleetingly. Was that someone waving at you? Riding your bicycle you will already see more of her. People call her ‘peeing woman,’ but her real name is Lady Solid.
This fountain in the yard of the water pumping station has caused commotion from the onset. It was designed for Krugerplein in Amsterdam-Oost. In 1994 the District of Oost commissioned Caro Bensca and Peer Veneman to each design a fountain for the square. Residents had a say in the decision between the two designs. According to Bensca, Lady Solid represents the circle of life: a ‘radiant woman spreading her arms out to receive the gift of life”, returning that gift to the earth in the shape of water dripping down her legs. Blending physical features from different cultures, the artist aimed to serve the multicultural community around Krugerplein. To no avail: the fountain struck the residents as indecent, as to them it looked like the woman figure was peeing, and Veneman’s fountain now adorns the square.

After all, in 1997, Lady Solid found her place elsewhere in Amsterdam. The water pumping station in Amsterdam-Zuid thought the sculpture matched their organisation perfectly and they gave it its current place in their yard. It is a peculiar location: the yard is private property, but through the transparent fence the sculpture is clearly visible from the street, for the outsiders who find themselves in public space. The fact that it was installed facing the street suggests that this is precisely what was intended.

The controversy over Lady Solid shows us how an artwork in public space can bear various meanings, depending on each public. A work barely evokes the same reaction in everybody. Shaped by different experiences each person has a unique viewpoint. What is thought of as beautiful by one person can be controversial to another. Thus many artworks in the public domain have led to heated discussion. A peeing woman can logically be experienced as inappropriate, while in the context of a company promoting the importance of well-functioning ‘waterways’, the acquisition of Lady Solid seems entirely appropriate indeed.

More information

Officiële website Caro Bensca: https://www.carobensca.com/

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