EASTERN DOCKLANDS AMSTERDAM
craft and culture
museums, street art and local craft, cultural activities
On this webpage you will find a
of local art and craft. We will present some information about street
and galleries in or near the Eastern Docklands.
The photographs show
local street art. This street art usually tells a story. These pieces
of art are often
related to the history of the Eastern Docklands and to the new
developments that are taking place in the present time.
There are also
artistic creations in the area that have
no specific relation to the past of this area. They mainly add to the
present atmosphere in the area, accentuating the surroundings of land,
air and water or adding to the innovative cultural atmosphere in the
The statue on top
of this page is found at the eastern end of the
Eastern Docklands. From there, it is possible to see the Markermeer,
part of the
former Zuiderzee, a volatile part of the sea in the past.
also has a view of the Amsterdam-Rhine-canal, connecting the town to
the river Rhine.
In the past, all
ships coming to or leaving the
docklands had to follow this direction.
The small design
bridge shown on the right side above is one of the
so-called Fools Bridges on Java island. More of them are shown on the
web page about design bridges in the Eastern Docklands. These bridges
are named after the opera ship Azart, also called the ship of
fools, at Azart Square in the north of the Eastern Docklands.
To the left is a
photograph of an entrance gate to one of the new
buildings on KNSM island. It was made by Narcisse Toudoir. This gate is
quite large and in a sublte way it seems to stress the presence of the
open sky above the building.
There is a
lot of special architecture to be found in the
Eastern Docklands. Some buildings have even been transformed in
complete pieces of art. The photograph below shows an example of this.
These buildings can be found on Borneo island. In front of them is one
of the design bridges connecting Borneo to Sporenburg island. More
pictures of them are on our design bridges webpage.
The sculpture on the
right is situated in
the Veemarkt area. It is actually fairly small. It is situated near the
former eastern railway station, now a restaurant.
The - now
iron figure presented in this sculpure stands next to a conserved old
part of the former industrial railways in this area, leading up to the
old station from the former docks and cattle market.
Behind it is a
school building decorated in a special way.
winding wall on the picture below is actually quite
new. It is part of one of the enclosed gardens on Java island.
The small white
cross on the right below dates from the Second World
is situated on Sporenburg island. It is a memorial for a small boy shot
in the Eastern Docklands, put up by local people at that time.
cross is a long poem, probably written by a local schoolteacher or
who wanted to remain anonymous. It memorizes life and death of the
statue below is also a war memorial, memorizing the sailors who died in
this same war. It was put up by a shipping company.
It is situated on
the western part of Java island, near Central Station.
pillars in the building below contain many pictures
of old maps of the area. They are situated in front of a small park
that was made for the workers in the time of the shipping companies.
This park by Mien
Ruys, a wellknown landscape architect, had a very
modern architectural design, amazing for the time. It
is found on KNSM island.
There is another
photograph of this park on the architecture webpage.
the Rietlanden area and on the west part of KNSM
island are several clubs and restaurants offering performances, shows
and a lot of live music.
interest are the clubs Panama and AMP and the
restaurants de Cantine, Odessa and Lizboa, but there are many other
places in the area with good music or performances.
about this can be found on the web page about social
life and nightlife.
In the same area,
notably on KNSM street, you can find attractive art
and design shops and galleries.
The City Museum
of Modern Art is now on Eastern Docks
Islands, next to Central Station and just to the west of the Eastern
Docklands area. A large design center is next to this museum.
grand new music building Muziekgebouw Aan 't IJ (Bimhuis /
can be found in the western part of the Eastern Docklands.
It is next to the international passengers terminal.
it, in the inner city, you will find NEMO, the
institute of modern technology.
lakeside photograph shows one of the floating islands that can be found
the Eastern Docklands.
These islands were recently made by Jasper
Grootveld. This artist was a well-known performer in the 1960's and
1970's, belonging to the counter culture of artists, squatters and
bohemians that used to live in the Eastern Docklands in the 1970's,
when the shipping companies had gone.
This island is
situated at the Pakhuizen area in the south of the
Some of these
floating islands can be visited.
To the left you can
see a part of the Sfinx building and its fence. This building
is in the central area of the Eastern Docklands.
setting with bells and street chairs to the
right is in front of the International Institute of Social History, in
the Veemarkt area.
picture below shows an old photograph of the
Some of these photographs can be
found on the walls of houses in the Rietlanden area.
Scheepvaartmuseum, a museum of sailing history on the neighboring
Eastern Islands, offers more information about the history of the
Eastern Docklands concerning shipping and (international) trade.
Institute of Social History and the neighboring Press
Museum in the south of the Eastern Docklands have a lot of information
about civil and social life, mainly in the course of the twentieth
When walking the
smaller backstreets in the Eastern Docklands area, you can find some
ateliers where artists are working. These ateliers are really workshops
and normally they are not open for visitors, but you may possibly be
able to take a look inside.
the right is a photograph of a wall stone on
Sporenburg island by Hans van der Pas. Several wallstones made by him
can be found in the Eastern Docklands.
festivals, performances and other cultural activities
can be found on the homepage of this website, in local electronic
newspapers or on the website of
Amsterdam Tourist Board.
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