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12 Sculptures Found Only In Amsterdam


These men and women stand strong in The Netherlands' capital

If Copenhagen's public art scene is all about hard bodies and Grecian models, Amsterdam's is defined by its celebration of the artist, the maligned and the ostracized.

For example, "Belle," a monument to sex workers, stands proudly in the red light district, while an impressive stone likeness of 17th-century Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza gazes upon downtown Amsterdam, the statue enrobed in birds.The painter Rembrandt's visage can also be found on Amsterdam's arteries, in one form as an older man leading Dutch soldiers and elsewhere the artist's seen as a young man.

Elsewhere in town, at Tweede Marnixplantsoen, a whimsical (though unsettling), faceless musician tips his hat, and a tiny lumberjack can be seen "sawing" a tree at Leidse Bosje Park. Outside the city's oldest church a nameless woman finds herself being fondled. There's no name attached. Perhaps you can think of one?


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