There is always something to see in Amsterdam. Everywhere and every day. The city is like a great work of art. Not only because of the old buildings, but also because of all the outdoor arts. All over the city, artists have created huge murals. From famous artists to beginner artists. Different styles, different places. It’s time to discover it.
You may miss out on the sun and the beautiful weather. But at this time it is good to go out. Light and exercise can help with fall fall. Art and colors brighten life. Nice to walk and cycle along the Amsterdam murals and other outdoor art.
A number of murals in the city are unique and world famous. Such as the restored mural by the great artist Keith Haring on the grounds of Central Market Hall. He painted the painting in 1986, when he was in Amsterdam for his solo exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum. Few of his frescoes have survived. This makes this painting very special.
Stories from the neighborhood
Murals are often applied in places where some color can be used. For example, on such a boring blank wall at the end of the masonry block. Artists usually come from the city or neighborhood. They tell stories from the neighborhood, and show what’s happening in the neighborhood.
We take a city tour and show you a beautiful mural from every part of the city.
The Great Wall of China is a fantastical, animal-filled wall on the side wall of Lange Leidsedwarsstraat 154. It features an owl, stork, and a fox. In the middle is a proud Amsterdam cat Merti. He is Apatuto, the protagonist of the documentary Wild City. This film shows a variety of Amsterdam’s animals, through the eyes of a cat. Painted by artist Gerti Bierenbroodspot for children playing in the adjacent park. The park was created in the 1970s after two buildings were demolished. There were plans to build a hotel, but the locals did not like the new construction and successfully protested.
Amsterdam icon Anne Frank inspired Brazilian artist Eduardo Cupra to create this mural. The working area of the NDSM quay is not less than 240 square meters and it is painted over the old welding shed of the quay. The photo was named “Let me be myself.” He urges everyone to release them and respect each other’s identities.
Artwork in artwork on the side wall of Zeeburgerdijk 49. If you look closely at this mural by the London Police, you’ll see a canal house with a mural on the right. This is the mural painted by the British duo, who lives in Amsterdam, on the Prinsengracht 70. In the background is the famous Oost windmill and Amsterdam canals with barges.
Southeast Amsterdam will expand significantly in the coming years. Arenaport is changing. It will be a vibrant city district where living, work and entertainment are central. The residents and youth of the neighborhood thought about the future of the area with the artist Mounir de Vries. Together they painted sketches of graffiti. These were in the cradle of the “growth” at Bijlmerplein 876.
Artist Richard Covey painted a huge mural on the side wall of De Boeg Residential Care Center, Hoofdweg 495. The people depicted on the facade are inspired by the residents of the complex. The eye above the people symbolizes residents and/or partners who unfortunately no longer exist. Through the “Walls of West” project, West has acquired a lot of beautiful murals.
Memories of the Colombian artist Bastardella on d. H. Colijnstraat is about how the neighborhood has changed over time. The woman on the right is looking at the colored birds. The birds symbolize the diversity of the region. The artwork was created after conversations with local residents. Their stories and experiences are central to the work.
Brazilian (wall) artists regularly come to Amsterdam. The “Reflexo on Urban Art” (RUA) project illuminates places that could use some colour. Artist Raymond Guimarães began work in 2012 on the Havenstraat, between the former prison and tram depot. Turn a side wall into this colorful artwork. Guimarães also painted the side wall of Homoed’s apartment in Zuidoost.
There are no known painted murals in Weesp. In the playground at Sinnigvelderstraat you can find a painting board that looks like a real art form. It is not known who the maker of this painting is and what the background of this painting is.
Photos: San Cobre