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Between the Arches

Over by Amsterdam's train tracks that leave Centraal Station to the west is an urban renewal project called Tussen de Bogen ("between the arches").  Old workshops under the tracks were converted into 54 artists' studios and offices, all with semi-circle arched and windowed doorways. 

Between 35 of the office arches there is a wall hanging like this with a different piece of sculpture.  Apparently the one single artist is well-known for this project but I have yet to find out who he is.  HELP!  Does anyone know?  (Wim?  Louis?)

Squint your eyes.  Do you see the cow on top and the person with a dog?  Someone please tell me what that's all about!

Thanks to Philine (see comments below), who found this link to take us to the artist, Guido Geelen, who did these 35 gilded bronze art pieces in 1998.

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


Between the Arches

Over by Amsterdam's train tracks that leave Centraal Station to the west is an urban renewal project called Tussen de Bogen ("between the arches").  Old workshops under the tracks were converted into 54 artists' studios and offices, all with semi-circle arched and windowed doorways. 

Between 35 of the office arches there is a wall hanging like this with a different piece of sculpture.  Apparently the one single artist is well-known for this project but I have yet to find out who he is.  HELP!  Does anyone know?  (Wim?  Louis?)

Squint your eyes.  Do you see the cow on top and the person with a dog?  Someone please tell me what that's all about!

Thanks to Philine (see comments below), who found this link to take us to the artist, Guido Geelen, who did these 35 gilded bronze art pieces in 1998.

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


comments (43)

That's a strange and entertaining piece of sculpture. grin I look forward to hearing any possible explanations for the figures on top.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Red Pen. I hope Louis and/or Wim will save the day. smile
Fascinating - there must be a story behind it, well captured.
Ginnie Hart: There definitely IS a story, Les, but I can't find it! Thanks. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 30 Aug 2007, 01:14
I have no knowledge of it, but you have captured it well, and I like it.
Guess....something about technology propping up an old and moribund agricultural culture??
Ginnie Hart: Some of the other pieces were an old radio, TV, and dial telephone. Do you think he's making a statement?! Thanks, Ray.
He/she is definitely saying something about computers but I'm sure you know that. Now I'm curious too.
Ginnie Hart: As I told Ray, he also has an old radio, TV, and dial telephone. I'm guessing he IS making a statement. Thanks, Mary.
  • Kay
  • 30 Aug 2007, 02:38
Very quirky, but likable. Are you collecting shots of these types of sculptures, Ginnie? I'm sure galleries would be interested in posting them. You're doing a marvelous job capturing them, as you are with the gable stones, spires, weather vanes and cranes. smile
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Kay, I did collect several of the pieces that interested me, like the old radio, TV, and dial telephone. All pieces had the little miniatures attached to them. Wish I could find out the story behind the artist and his project! Thanks for your kind words.
Hi Ginnie... I do not have the faintest idea of who's the artist or what this does mean but it's interesting and truly original thanks also to your angle (very dynamic)... Keep you eyes open Ginnie !! smile
Ginnie Hart: I will definitely keep my eyes (and ears) open, Flo. Hopefully Louis and/or Wim will have something informative to add! smile Thanks.
I don't know what it is all about, but isn't the whole point of art that you can make up as many different interpretations as you like? I think the number of stories one can make up distinguishes good art from the mediocre.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Martin. You are so right. So maybe we don't need to know after all. smile Thanks.
I'm liking these explanations people are coming up with. I had the idea of the agricultural life being overwhelmed by the high tech world (which itself is broken). I think it's an uneasy alliance at best. Great photo, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Good thoughts, Karen. It is very interesting, isn't it! Thanks.
I love art taken into public places like this! Lovely photograph, excellent colour, and very intresting description. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: I agree, Roz. It makes us have to think. smile Thanks.
  • Saed
  • Mashhad, Iran
  • 30 Aug 2007, 07:27
Very well, Ginnie! I Really like this.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Saed.
Lovely art !! Cow before keyboard !!!! Nice one Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: HA! The cow certainly did come before the keyboard, Shakara. You're right! Thanks. smile
  • Philine from Germany
  • Germany, Münster
  • 30 Aug 2007, 09:21
Ginnie, you have wonderful open and It magood detective-eyes! It may be a pleasure to walk with you through Amsterdam! The sculpture is really interesting- a computer-keybord (sign of High tech) ornated (and overwhelmed) by the farmer and his natural, simple life in harmony with the animals, the seasons...- a kind of joke and -perhaps- a manner to critizise our modern way of life . I like this sculpture and I will think over of I should put a little figurine, a cow or a sheep, upon my monitor, too!
Ginnie Hart: Awww. That is so sweet, Philine. Maybe we all need to put up a cow/animal nearby to remind us of what's important in life! Thanks for your kind thoughts.
  • Saratu
  • i am not sure
  • 30 Aug 2007, 09:29
I am guessing it means technology is taking over normal life like everyone else. I cant wait to find out what it really means. great capture.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Saratu. I do hope we'll get some light on the subject even yet today! smile
A nice find, Ginnie! I am afraid I do not know anything about the maker.
Ginnie Hart: Oh, too bad. You were one of my two hopefuls! smile Guess I'll just have to keep researching! Thanks, Wim.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 30 Aug 2007, 10:35
Terrific quirky sculpture, well captured
Ginnie Hart: I loved finding it, Aussie. Thanks. smile
  • Scarlet
  • Holland
  • 30 Aug 2007, 10:36
A great find yet again. I have no idea what the meaning of this art is. It's fascinating to see what everyone 'sees' when looking at it. I might take stroll through this area in the w/e and will try to find out.
Ginnie Hart: Let me know what you think if/when you find it, Scarlet. You'll have fun. Thanks. smile
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 30 Aug 2007, 10:47
I dunno, but I know I like it!
Ginnie Hart: HA! Well, thanks anyway, Ruth. smile
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 30 Aug 2007, 11:18
Carn't imagine what the figures are depicting but it's an unusual place to leave your keyboard. Well spotted Ginnie fab colouring and detail.
Ginnie Hart: Isn't that the truth, Tracy. Who would have thought! Thanks.
  • david
  • London
  • 30 Aug 2007, 11:27
art eh? Hmmmm. interesting...the cow is funny up there!
Ginnie Hart: I thought so,too, David. Makes a statement, me thinks! smile Thanks.
Don´t have any info for you on this one Ginnie smile
But it´s a interesting piece of art with the dog on top
Ginnie Hart: Very interesting indeed, Magnus! Thanks.
nicely done....
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Amin, for stopping by and commenting.
very nice spot
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Chantal.
Perhapse the reason behind the sculpture is EXACTLY that there IS NO REASON behind it ! smile These creative artists can come up with the stangest ideas ! Oh well, well spotted and it's a stunning photo Ginnie !
Ginnie Hart: HA! You may be right. The artist might be amused by all our conjectures. smile Thanks, Ferdi.
  • Philine
  • Germany, Münster
  • 30 Aug 2007, 13:11
Marybeth (toys...) inspires me to an other (possible) interpretation: The artist could say: we all human beings like to play (see Johan Huizinga, Homo ludens) , nowadays especially with the computer, but also with the nature; playing is a positive and necessary attitude of us, but being involved in a play we often stake and risk many things .... too- maybe this interpretation is too philosophical, that is why I plead more for a joke and irony...
Ginnie Hart: I like how this piece is making us all think, Philine! Thanks for waxing philosophical. smile
I'm going to take an almost opposite view to Philine's first view, and more akin to her second. It looks to me that the keyboard has been pulled from the ground having been discarded carelessly. It says to me that unless we take more care in how we dispose of this kind of waste, it will grow and grow as a problem for the environment, dwarfing man and beast before it... seriously, I'm naturally a cheerful person
Ginnie Hart: Actually, David, I really like your point of view! That is the epitome of what we're all about these days. Good thoughts here! Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany, Münster
  • 30 Aug 2007, 13:23
De kunstenaar could be: Guido Geelen, http://www.kunstenpubliekeruimte.nl/werk_112.html
Ginnie Hart: HURRAY and BINGO. You found it, Philine. THANK YOU. I will now add it to my text as a link. YAAAAY! grin
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 30 Aug 2007, 13:40
Ginnie, first of all it is now 13 years since I have last been in A'dam. This is a fairly new development. But I followed up on Philline's link and am very sure she is right. Roughly translated from dutch it says that Geelen did the artwork in front of the different workshops at this arches place. His inspiration was from his hometown Thorn where in the street (Dorpstraat) the houseowner's occupation is indicated with a mosaic of Maas cobblestones.
Geel said that it was the broad idea but you can't keep changing sculptures for new occupants - so it was just an inspiration and not specific per shop.
The sculptures are done in gilded bronze and dates from 1998.

Excellent picture in sharp detail.

Now take the rebel and go visit Thorn and walk down the Dorpstraat - it would be a great addition to your gablestone book. Don't keep shying away from the book - you have one buyer.
Ginnie Hart: It's about time you come back to A'dam, Louis! smile Reading about this artist's concept for this project reminded me a bit of the gable stones I've been collecting. Same kind of idea!

So now I'll need to add Thorn to my list of places to see! Thanks for the idea.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 30 Aug 2007, 13:43
PS. if you would visit guild houses like in Antwerpen you will also see some sculpture to indicate which guild is occupying a specific house.
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, and now another city added to the list! Actually, we were in Antwerpen 9 years ago but I don't remember much and besides, I didn't have a digital camera back then!
  • clarence
  • Irving, TX, USA
  • 30 Aug 2007, 14:03
Sometimes I want to do this with my keyboard!
Ginnie Hart: HA! Me, too, Clarence. Thanks. smile
  • chunter
  • Veau Dafonny
  • 30 Aug 2007, 15:20
Hi Ginnie. I'm so sorry i can't comment on every shot. I have so many friends here on shutterchance that it's impossible to get round to everyone every day, but I do like to catch up every now and again. I do look more often than I'm able to comment though.

I've just reviewed your archive and I'm thoroughly impressed by most of your work and in particular by your architectural glimpses. This is another fine example, and well seen.
Ginnie Hart: OMG, Colin. I know people re busy so please don't worry at all. I totally understand! Thanks all that much more for stopping by!
  • Shailja
  • Boston
  • 30 Aug 2007, 15:39
This was one informative session - enjoyed going through the description by you and others - who needs tourist books anymore smile!
Ginnie Hart: HA! So true, Shailja. Thanks for that nice laugh.
Looks like an interesting part of the city. This is beautiful public art.
Ginnie Hart: Public art it is, Michael, even if it is away from the city center proper. I was so glad I happened upon it one day while walking. Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany, Münster
  • 30 Aug 2007, 16:20
Guido Geelen would be very glad about our different thoughts and efforts of interpretation. For this is his intention: We self should create references or interpretations with regard to the artobjects. He mentionned the "symbolfunction" of the objects beside their "signalfunction".
Ginnie Hart: I'm sure Geelen would be tickled that we were spending so much time with his art! Thanks to you again, Philine, for helping us find him!!!
very cool piece of art. recycling something old and unwanted into funky art, i like that alot. what do you think the significance of the human and animals on top of the piece of technology means?
Ginnie Hart: I like what David said: "It looks to me that the keyboard has been pulled from the ground having been discarded carelessly. It says to me that unless we take more care in how we dispose of this kind of waste, it will grow and grow as a problem for the environment, dwarfing man and beast before it..."

So far, I like that take on it the best. And you, Genevieve?
  • Roger
  • United States
  • 30 Aug 2007, 16:32
Interesting display. I don't however get this one. You're shot is good I just don't' get the art displayed.
Ginnie Hart: HA! You and I are similar in what we don't get on each other posts today, Roger. Too funny. I guess the artist is leaving it up to our imagination! smile Thanks.
  • Psychodudu
  • Scorching/Freezing Oslo
  • 30 Aug 2007, 17:31
Wacky! I just love images like this.
Ginnie Hart: Me, too, Andrew. Thanks. smile
This is barking - but interesting
Ginnie Hart: Barking? I'll take your word for it, Chris. grin Thanks.
That is a surprise and I think it is quite funny - well spotted as always smile
Ginnie Hart: A very nice surprise, Aksel. I smiled a lot over it. smile Thanks.
lol...EXCELLENT capture...
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a lot, Sam. smile
  • Flo
  • 30 Aug 2007, 18:49
New presentation !! Good, that's really nice for the pictures I think.
Just to tell you that on sunday (01/09) you'll see a surprise for you on my blog... hope to see you. Warmest regards.
Ginnie Hart: You'll see me every time you're on if I can help it, Flo. smile Thanks.
  • Flo
  • 30 Aug 2007, 18:52
Sorry, 01/09 is on SATURDAY !!! smile
Ginnie Hart: I know. So I was gonna look both days. grin Thanks, Flo.
  • johnnyg
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 30 Aug 2007, 22:23
Brilliant, love it and it takes you to ferret something like this out. We need something like that here !

J
Ginnie Hart: Bless you, Johnny. You're a sweetheart. Thanks.

BTW, will you be at the SC meet-up next Saturday? Will I see you there???
  • Howler
  • somewhere in the North Sea
  • 30 Aug 2007, 22:51
That's kinda odd - bit odd is OK!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, sometimes those oddballs are better than okay. smile Thanks, Howler.

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