Click on above photo to view it in large format: Ridderzaal (Knight’s Hall), is the centerpiece of the Binnenhof in The Hague, Netherlands. The 13th century Gothic complex was originally built as residence for the counts of Holland, and the Ridderzaal was its ballroom. Today, the King delivers his annual Speech from the Throne in the Knight’s Hall.
There are many criteria by which the greatness of a city might be judged, but the height of its skyscrapers and the number of residents are not among them. For me, the nobleness of a city is measured by its devotion to the arts, so when I read about Amsterdam’s ARTZUID 2015, the biennial display of outdoor sculptures from some of the world’s greatest artists, I knew that this Dutch city had to be on my travel itinerary.
My timing could not have been better. I had booked a Viking River cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest, so I tacked a few days onto my trip to attend the event’s opening press conference and have an early peek at the sculptures. As the only person at the press gathering who didn’t speak Dutch, I was shepherded to the head table by Maarten Bertheux, who kindly translated snatches of the presentation by his fellow co-curator, Rudi Fuchs.
Now in its fourth iteration, ARTZUID is unique among outdoor sculpture shows in that it invited 21 of the world’s finest sculptors to display multiple works, something normally only done in a museum setting. Fuchs imagined sculptures promenading along the broad, leafy medians of Apollolaan and Minervalaan boulevards. “As the greenery of the trees was so high up, the sculptures would need to be majestic and epic. I envisaged people wandering among them and looking up at these robust figures. I could also see tall sculptures moving amongst the people. But perhaps my imagination was getting the better of me.” Read More
Click on above photo to view it in large format: In the evening, golden light washes over the restored colonial homes and cobblestone streets of Trinidad, Cuba. Interested in traveling to Cuba? Read my story about Discover Corps, the company that sponsored my trip, and arrange for your own authentic Cuban experience.
Click on above photo to view it in large format: A quintessential classic Cadillac, painted an eye-popping hot pink, sits on the streets of Old Havana, Cuba. Interested in traveling to Cuba? Read my story about Discover Corps, the company that sponsored my trip, and arrange for your own authentic Cuban experience.