Sculpture International Rotterdam takes care of the art in the public space.
Look around if you come from Central Station and walk towards the centre, cross West Kruiskade towards the Westersingel.
Along this canal (find the art pieces in the canal too!) which is partly a promenade, you will find sculptures from famous artists such as Moore, Rodin and Sapiro amongst many others.
Amazing international artists like Paul McCarthy’s ‘Santa Claus’ at Eendrachtsplein. For several years it was located at a museum’s courtyard. I guess you can imagine why it offended people in the beginning. Locals call this sculpture Gnome Buttplug.
Close-by is the colourful work by Franz West, Qwertz. This Austrian artist died recently. As a hommage think of him for a split second when passing by.
When you pass the skatepark, check for the ‘Watcher’ statue overlooking the big ramp, I always think it looks a bit like a Transformer .
If you decide to continue your way on the Westersingel towards West Zeedijk, at the corner of Museum park you’ll see a large Picasso sculpture. My favourite sculpture is Guiseppe Penone’s Elevazione, a bronze tree that slowly elevates by nature. Or Cascade by Joep van Lieshout, at the Coolsingel/Blaak infront of the Maritime museum.
A free map is also available via the tourist office!