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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Frank Mandersloot’s For the Bees stands at the busy intersection of the Rietlandpark. It is made up of four tables, though when you go down towards the tram stop it seems to be made of a single table that forms part of the road surface. Even that is not the base, since historic Amsterdam was built on piles driven into the marshy substratum to keep it upright, like a big table.

For the Bees elaborates on this image. Mandersloot’s brief was to make a work of art that refers to the traffic junction on which it stands. The tables clamber over one another towards the cars, bikes, train and tram to evoke the spatiality over the otherwise so down-to-earth surroundings. To reinforce the sense of movement even more, a swarm of thirty thousand bees was housed in the work to add to the traffic flows. Mandersloot also collaborated with the urban ecologist on a landscape plan for flower beds in the vicinity to nourish the bees. The project lasted nine years, built on the piles of Amsterdam and inhabited by a bee population that lived on a surface area of around 28 kilometres – making it one of the biggest works of art in the world.

There was a growing awareness that bees faced the prospect of extinction as a result of short-sighted economic strategies. Bees are kept on various locations in Amsterdam by bee-keepers or in bee hotels that make the city a more insect-friendly place. Mandersloot likewise made the bees a gauge for the residents of Amsterdam. If the bees are alright, so will the people be. Moreover bees contribute billions of euros to our economy by pollinating crucial food supplies and natural commodities.

We live at a time dominated by a strong, almost arrogant belief in the capacity of technology to shape the environment we live in. In the last few years For the Bees demonstrated that nature cannot always be tamed and adapted to what we want. Young bees were blown away in the gusts of wind that blew between the buildings. The colony dwindled until there was nothing left. The bees were gone. Is all well with the city? At any rate, summer 2018 Mandersloot plans to make a new attempt with a bee-keeper to sustain a colony in the work became true.

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