Sculpture International Rotterdam takes care of the international art collection in the public space here in Rotterdam.
Look for it when you arrive at Central Station. Walk a towards the centre, cross the West Kruiskade towards the Westersingel. In this canal you’ll find some sculptures and partly on a nice promenade. The sculptures are from famous international artists such as Moore, Rodin and Sapiro amongst many others.
Be provoked by Paul McCarthy’s ‘Santa Claus’ at the Eendrachtsplein. For several years this sculpture was located in the Boymans van Beuningen museum’s courtyard. I may understand why it offended people in the beginning. Locals call this sculpture the Gnome Buttplug – it makes me always smile.
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 in the collection is Guiseppe Penone’s Elevazione, a bronze tree that is slowly elevated by nature itself.
Get yourself a free map of the International Art Collection at the tourist office. It will help you find your way through town by looking for all these amazing sculptures by famous international artists. It makes for a great stroll.