Public Art. Amsterdam


Ontmoetingsplaats 21ste eeuw

Figuren en Vuur





Mensen op strand met parasol

Monument voor de Vrede



Blauwe Boog

Jongen met Haan

Papieren vliegtuigpijl


Senza Parole


Zonder moeite niets (Het Sieraad)

Herdenkingsmonument voor slachtoffers Tweede Wereldoorlog

De Wending 666/999



Het Molecularium


Zonder Titel (hekwerk poort)

Home is where the heart is: de potkachel


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


Art tour Amsterdam Zuid

  • permanent
  • accessible

Tom Claassen has quite some experience working in public space. Hildo is one of the dogs he has made. The dogs function differently depending on where they are installed, which immediately shows us an interesting aspect of public space.

A puppy wagging its tail is guaranteed cuteness. What about Hildo the dog, at the entrance of the ABN AMRO offices? The sculpture was acquired in 1997 by the bank’s art foundation. It’s jolly tail, big ears and soft-looking texture make you want to cuddle it or pat it on the head. Hildo is not the first dog Claassen has brought to life. Pontus, the sculpture on Hoofddorpplein in Amsterdam, has become a community favourite and a treasured plaything amongst the children in the neighbourhood. Because of their approachability and seeming simplicity, a first impression of the dog sculptures may be that they’re mere decoration: to cheer up the playground, a flower in a window. But realising this object was made by a professional and popular artist you may want to look again.

It’s hard to imagine public space in the Netherlands without the work of Tom Claassen. A horse in Utrecht, elephants along the highway and a hippo in the water in Amsterdam-Oost: Claassen’s cv is elaborate when it comes down to public artworks. How does the artist deal with the dynamics at play when his commissioners force their will upon him? Through experience the artist has learned how to meet their wishes without discarding his own. Material costs are often contested: creating small size objects helps keep such costs low. Another example is the horse in Utrecht: giving it long legs and thereby claiming the area under its body, Claassen lets the object occupy a lot of space without increasing the costs. Hildo’s small size also significantly saved on material expenses.

Amongst art critics, the opinions concerning Claassen’s animals are divided. Some think of the representation of animals (rather than of human figures) as a way to avoid political engagement: animals are neutral, not as burdened by cultural context as human beings. Animals are likable: choosing to work with animal figures makes it easier not to offend anyone and to keep your audience happy. Others see immense artistic ingenuity in Claassen’s work: to them his animals keep a perfect balance between accessibility and ironic critique. In any case: people don’t mince their words when criticising an artwork occupying a piece of treasured public space, like the entrance of a building you enter daily. This is why art in public space is so vulnerable, much more so than when it is safely contained within the walls of the museum. The audience of such a sculpture is varied and arbitrary: it includes people who don’t care about art or people who are simply not pleased to be confronted with an artwork in that specific place. Is it possible to make something to the liking of everyone? It is not. But A tail-wagging dog offends nobody, so Hildo sits and stays, at the office entrance on Gustav Mahlerplein.

N.B. The sculpture doesn’t officially have a title, but was named humorously after Hildo Krop, the Dutch sculptor, who made many sculptures for Amsterdam’s public space.

More information

Officiële website Tom Claassen: