Local Heart, Global Soul

May 18, 2019

Drop The Wheels And Take A Boat…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Yesterday’s post covered the beautiful buildings found in the centre of many Dutch cities and towns.

The creative artists who brought the 2017 Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition to life, spent countless hours recreating many of these in detail, delighting the visiting public.

Today’s post was included in yesterdays theme: “A day trip into the city“, but was a separate piece in itself so I’ve given it it’s own space here.

There is also a fourth piece under this theme, it’s will be expanded shortly in the ‘Part Two’ of the posts posted today.

Canals are of course part and parcel of many towns and cities, some historical ones have long since been filled in, the water diverted into other waterways.

The Hague is one city that historically had many canals in the city centre, today few remain because the space was needed for road traffic.

In just a couple of places they have very recently been restored, a big step forward in my opinion. In centuries past, livestock, wheat and flour, fresh produce, fish, coal, wood, wool, wine, beer and articles for the making of items and then their export were delivered by small boats via the canal system. In Utrecht for instance it has proved more efficient to transfer the job  collecting central city refuse with canal boats because the trucks they used previously kept getting stuck in the narrow winding streets.  The eye is drawn into this sculpture, there is more detail than you first expect and I love the way they have depicted the bridge.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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