Where I live I’m surrounded by bridges, water and the bustle of ships passing by. It’s called the Noordereiland (Northern island) in the Nieuwe Maasriver and connected by the Willemsbridge and Koninginnebridge.
The name derives from Noorderhaven which is now called Koningshaven. When they dug this harbour, the island was separated from the former island Feijenoord. This name should ring a bell with football-lovers even though the name is now written as Feyenoord.
The island has become an Art project called MS Noordereiland, initiated by artist Joe Cillen who also lives here. The concept: The island is in fact a ship ready to take off one day and sail away with all its inhabitants. If you walk around on the island you will see many objects which refer to parts of a ship. We even have our own flag.
When you cross the Willemsbridge to the island, the left part looks new. The right part is more authentic and was spared by the bombing (in this case so called “friendly fire”) during WWII.
Take a walk and see the houses on Maaskade 85, 113 and the Hulstkamp building.
Try and find all the paintings in ornamented frames on several buildings and other art during an event like Expeditie Noordereiland or at gallery Ben Wind. Find Tom Puss, the cat from creator Marten Toonder who lived on the island.
There are plenty cafés for a drink and pop up rest. A La Plancha and wonder where the journey will lead to when the MS Noordereiland really starts moving.