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Public art: free thinking

Since I moved to The Netherlands there’s been a key event in the summer months in The Hague that gives me good reasons to go into town.

It’s possible to visit at any time day or night on any day of the week and totally free.

There’s an Annual sculpture exhibition that is located on a leafy fifteenth century avenue called Lange Voorhout. If you translate it literally it means for long timber but basically this walkway is a good stroll along a tree lined avenue, so the translation works well enough.

It has always had crisp white shale to walk on and a green canopy overhead. The peaceful pedestrianised section enables visitors to take time to investigate the pieces.

Each summer it becomes the home of an exhibition of imposing sculptures. Each is carefully labelled and most are large.

In my recollection they are often international and are gathered under a heading, for example, nature.

This year is no exception, it’s a French artist. And more information is here

My enthusiasm for the sculpture has an environmental angle too. I enjoy this annual event because public art is a great way to spend time and to enjoy our surroundings. Rather than buying something or using something and creating litter or waste, public art is a great way to enjoy an experience rather than possessing something.

That’s such a bonus to me!

It’s really great to be able to bring visitors to this road and enjoy sharing the experience.


11 comments on “Public art: free thinking

  1. lindaswildlifegarden
    June 30, 2014

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    Awesome and thank you for sharing Liz have Blessed day


  2. The Crazy Crone
    June 30, 2014

    Wow,k what a fantastic sculpture – how lucky to be able to visit the Hague when the exhibition is on.


    • lizard100
      June 30, 2014

      It’s amazing every year. The exhibits are generally large and striking!


  3. cheergerm
    June 30, 2014

    Cool, love the accessibility of public art as well.


  4. That’s a really cool idea! Love bringing art out into the open where anyone can enjoy.


    • lizard100
      July 1, 2014

      It’s great you can go through the exhibition at any time at all!


  5. Rambling Woods
    July 3, 2014

    There is so much to do if we take time to find it


    • lizard100
      July 4, 2014

      It’s great to look out for different things to do.


  6. silverbells2012
    July 6, 2014

    I agree about public art being better than private art (talking here about major works rather than say my daughter’s paintings).

    There’s a sculpture park near us which is excellent.


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