Local Heart, Global Soul

May 28, 2019

Afsluitdijk: Closing Off The Sea…

The Dutch text of this 2017 Garderen Sand Sculpture information board made very little sense to me at all, so I enlisted the help of my translator husband who confirmed that the text was impossible to make into coherent sentences because it seems text must be missing and without it we have no context. We’ve put in the English translation of the other parts that were salvageable:

The Afsluitdijk”, “A major dam and causeway, called the Dyke of Dykes.
It was constructed in the previous century to protect the Netherlands from flooding. Measuring 32.5 km it is the longest dyke through open water in the Netherlands. It is the perfect location to test any muscle-powered vehicles.’

The Afsluitdijk is the 32 kilometre (20 mile) causeway what connects North Holland and Friesland turned the salt water inlet of the Zuiderzee into the fresh water lake, the IJsselmeer. Wikipedia describes it in detail (link below) and provides a map. I’ve been on a few times but not yet really explored this part of the Netherlands in detail, so it’s on my travel “wish list”.  The most amazing fact for me is that this was built between 1927 and 1932 and alongside the best machinery of the time, took over ten thousand workers to complete, using concrete blocks amongst other materials. This helps me appreciate more the sculpture below…

Wikipedia / Afsluitdijk / North Holland-Friesland / The Netherlands

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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