My home is surrounded by bridges, water and the bustle of ships passing by. It’s called the Noordereiland (Northern island) in the Nieuwe Maas river, connected by the Willemsbridge and Koninginnebridge.
The name Noordereiland is derived from Noorderhaven, 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 eventhough the name is written as Feyenoord.
The island is also an art project named MS Noordereiland, initiated by artist Joe Cillen who also lives here. The concept: The island is a ship ready to take off one day and sail away with all its inhabitants. If you walk around the island you’ll see many objects referring to parts of a ship and it also has its own flag.
When you cross the red 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 to find paintings in ornamented frames on several buildings and other art during a walk taken care by the BKOR or at gallery Ben Wind and Tom Puss, the cat by creator Marten Toonder who lived on the island.