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Statues against Malaria

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Students of the Hogeschool Rotterdam, covered several statues in the center of Rotterdam with mosquito nets. Their goal is to draw attention to the fight against malaria.










The mosquito nets are part of a major campaign against malaria. The aim of the action is to raise money so that can be distributed 50,000 mosquito nets in Africa to people who need it.

The campaign ends on World Malaria Day, April 25. In conclusion, on that day the world’s largest mosquito net will be hung over the Euromast. With this action, the organization also hopes for a place in the Guinness Book of Records.


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February 13, 2011 at 4:06 pm

The Lock of Love in Delfshaven – A love seat

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I have already blogged about this subject ( on August 5 last year, but on February 14, how appropriate, it was official. The Lock of Love, a special place for lovers, was  opened on Valentine’s Day in Rotterdam. I wrote last year “I can not seem to figure out if this piece of art is shoddy or not …”, now I have visited the artwork at the Havenstraat (near the Lage Erfbrug) in Delfshaven,  I must admit that it looks very nice.

For those who do not know the concept: There is a tradition going on all over the world, a ritual, to seal your love together in a special way. People in love hang a padlock on bridges, fences and lampposts and throw the key into the water. The legend says that as long as the lock is not removed or opened, they will remain happy together.
Names and dates are engraved on the locks and they are decorated with ribbons, stickers, beads etc …. There are similar places in Italy, Hungary, Korea, Latvia, Russia, China and America. In Nevada, people marry at the spot where they hang the lock. Newly weds in Hungary hang their locks on their wedding day. What will be the tradition in the Netherlands?

The design ensures a long and beautiful tradition. Actually, the giant heart is nothing but a big chair, where you and your loved one can have a sit. Next to the seat is a little table or column. Just big enough for two rings …  Like the object itself, this is romantic red and of course also in the form of a heart! The view over the water with the Euromast in the distance makes the site a wonderful place for a wedding ceremony.

But let’s not get carried away! Even love birds that do not immediately want to get married and don’t bring a photographer with them can perpetuate themselves at the monument. I inquired at initiator Renata Rakolcai of Magic Happens ( what the use for the column is. She told me that the column is intended to rest your camera and use the timer to make a photo of yourself and your loved one. (a sign with instructions will be posted shortly) I think this is a brilliant idea – a combination of art and practical ingenuity that in my view may be applied more often! Well done!

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February 22, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Never built Rotterdam

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I love to live in Rotterdam. I like to wake up in a city that’s always busy. If I have a day off, I like to think about where I might go to today. What places to visit in my beloved city. Will I go some place I know, or will I go out and discover a new piece of Rotterdam? Since December 8 it is possible to discover Rotterdam that is not and will never be. Until 22 August 2010, you can discover the city that could have been. The Historisch Museum Schielandshuis has an exhibition about this intriguing idea.

If you say Rotterdam, people might say Euromast, Erasmusbridge, Maastoren or Delftse Poort. But what would they say if other plans were implemented in the past? The exhibition in the Schielandshuis is about the dreams architects had about Rotterdam. Rotterdam that could have been is made visible in panoramas, urban plans from the (near) past and architectural drafts. An interactive model challenges the viewer to give his own vision of Rotterdam. What would you do? How would you have created contemporary Rotterdam if you called the shots?

The Schielandshuis is open Tuesday to Sunday and holidays 11.00-17.00 hours.


The building that houses the The Historical Museum, the Schielandshuis,  is worth your while anyway. Through the years it has gotten many  new neighbours. The building is now reflected in the glass facades of the surrounding high rise. Old and new in perfect harmony…

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December 30, 2009 at 10:48 am