Street Artists Turn Utrecht Apartment Building Into a Giant Bookcase Featuring Residents’ Favorite Books

Talented Dutch street artists Jan Is De Man and Deef Feed were given permission by the owner of an apartment building in Utrecht to create a large mural on the side. Continue reading »

These Odd Bubble Houses Are Actually Real Homes In The Dutch City Of Hertogenbosch

In the early 1980s the Dutch government granted a large subsidy to the municipality of ‘s-Hertogenbosch situated north-west of Eindhoven. The idea was to create housing for experimental living and from this was born the Bolwoningen. They were the idea of architect Dries Kreijkamp and he wanted to create ‘the optimal experience of nature in all its facets’. Continue reading »

“A Hundred Summers, A Hundred Winters”: Dutch Photographer Bertien Van Manen Travels The Far East To Capture ‘Dark Times’ Of Post-Soviet Russia

Bertien van Manen is a Dutch photographer who makes primarily environmental portraiture and works in the photobook format. She uses an inexpensive snapshot camera to take photos of people she meets as she feels that these cameras allow her subjects to consider “me as a tourist or friend, who liked to take pictures.” She has photographed extensively in China and the former Soviet Union. Van Manen’s work has been exhibited internationally and won awards. Continue reading »

Now You Can Look Like A Dutch Masterpiece While You Sleep

Created by Belarusian designer Lesha Limonov, these sleeping eye masks are a response to a call put out by Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum. Known for its wide array of Dutch master paintings, the museum is a mecca for art history lovers. That being said, it only makes sense that they would fund a creative new way to experience famous art. Continue reading »

Dutch Photographer Marcel Heijnen Documents The Secret Lives Of Cats Living in Hong Kong’s Stores

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When Dutch photographer Marcel Heijnen moved to Hong Kong, he noticed something quite interesting about the traditional shops there – most of them have their own cats living inside! So fascinated with this culture of shop cats, Heijnen couldn’t resist photographing the feline fellows. He even created an Instagram account featuring the Chinese kitties and uploads new photos of them regularly. Shop cats, market cats, alley cats – he’s captured them all! You can find his photos on Instagram or in his new book which will be launching at Blue Lotus Gallery in December together with his pop-up exhibition. Continue reading »

Eagles vs Drones: Dutch Police To Take On Rogue Aircraft With Flying Squad

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Photo by Emmanuel Dunand / AFP Photo

A trained young eagle attempts to catch a drone during a demonstration organized by the Dutch police as part of a program to train birds of prey to catch drones flying over sensitive or restricted areas, at the Dutch Police Academy in Ossendrecht. Dutch police are adopting a centuries-old pursuit to resolve the modern-day problem of increasing numbers of drones in the skies, becoming the world’s first force to employ eagles as winged warriors. Continue reading »

Beautiful Pen Drawings By The Dutch Artist Laura Brouwers

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The artist’s pen name is Cyarin but her real name is Laura Brouwers, and she is from the Netherlands. The artist herself is very appreciative towards her watchers/followers on social media and even hosts a ‘Sketch Me Cyarin’ event every month or so in which she’ll select a few random followers who have tagged her in an image on their instagram. Continue reading »

Dutch Prisons Become Welcoming Homes For Refugees

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Photo by Muhammed Muheisen / AP Photo

With crime declining in the Netherlands, the country is looking at new ways to fill its prisons. The government has let Belgium and Norway put prisoners in empty cells and now, amid the huge flow of migrants into Europe, several Dutch prisons have been temporarily pressed into service as asylum-seeker centers. Continue reading »

This Dutch Museum is Covered in Grass and Has a Rooftop Walkway

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Photography © Ronald Tilleman

After an eight-month redesign by Studio Marco Vermeulen, the Biesbosch Museum in Werkendam, The Netherlands, opened to the public this summer. Continue reading »

A Dutch Designer Has Created An Underground Fridge That Does Not Use Electricity

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Dutch designer Floris Schoonderbeek, has created the Ground Fridge, an underground cool storage solution, for Dutch brand Weltevree.
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Redhead Day – Dutch Summer Fest

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Redhead Day (Roodharigendag in Dutch) is the name of a Dutch summer festival that takes place each first weekend of September in the city of Breda, in the Netherlands. The two-day festival is a gathering of people with natural red hair, but is also focused on art related to the colour red. Activities during the festival are lectures, workshops and demonstrations which are aimed specifically at red-haired people. The festival attracts attendance from 50 countries and is free due to sponsorship of the local government. Continue reading »

Dutch Sculptor Nikolaus Gerhaert van Leyden at the Notre-Dame Museum

A man looks at sculptures made by the Dutch sculptor Nikolaus Gerhaert van Leyden (1420 – 1473) at the Notre-Dame museum in Strasbourg, eastern France, as part of an exhibition dedicated to his work. Gerhaert is considered the most influential northern European sculptor of the 15th century. (AFP)