Being a volunteer Guide for the Motel Mozaique festival has its merits. As we like to incorporate the city in our program, we get the latest updates on developments. The city is the main star with still so much to discover. Combined with locals seeing and defining the city as their playground and laboratory, even at and because of unassuming places, makes it that I can keep exploring and be amazed every time.
Take this location for example: traffic-ridden and busy Kleinpolderplein. You will pass it when you leave or enter the city from the north side. It’s a tangle of fly-overs – to be precise, the first fly-over of Europe, 4 stories high and built in 1972 – and highways so it’s no wonder you’ll just speed by and only catch a glimpse of a sculpture standing there.
Grab a bike and go with OMI on a bike tour or by yourself for a closer look and head to the square part which has become the (open air) Museum for Orphaned Sculptures.
Stichting Werkgemeenschap Kleinpolder and the Observatorium combined forces and ideas to give the Kleinpolderplein another destiny once the fly-overs will be obsolete in 2025. The museum is one project, a park on the fly-over is another for the near future.
Due to reconstructions and demolition in and around the city, many sculptures are replaced and stored at the CBK depot awaiting a new spot. The museum adopted some of the sculptures and more will follow.