Amsterdam of Above / Amsterdam of Below, 2013

Site-specific art created to celebrate Felix Meritis 225th anniversary, 2013

Location: The Observatory of Felix Meritis, Keizersgracht 324, and in the city of Amsterdam.

Please note: only from the Observatory of Felix Meritis, Amsterdam (The area where the 4x optical telescopes were installed), blue neon lit citations are visible on remarkable buildings all over the city.

The Observatory of Felix Meritis, Keizersgracht 324, Amsterdam:

Granite - black galaxy (The carving depicts in a mirror image, the design of the Amsterdam Canal District), 4 x bronze casted tripods + 4x optical telescopes Height 170 cm.


10 x citations in blue neon light were attached to 10 x buildings in the city of Amsterdam.
  1. The Bazel

    Een toekomst voor ideeën (A future for ideas)

    Source: Amsterdam, European Capital of Culture (1987)

  2. The Police Headquarters in Amsterdam

    Verloren illusies zijn gevonden waarheden (The lost illusions are true found)

    Author: Multatuli (Eduard Douwes Dekker) (1820-1887)

  3. The Great Industrial Club Building, Dam Square

    Gelukkig door Verdiensten (Happy through Merit)

    Source: The Felix Meritis Foundation (1777-1889)


    So many books, so little time

    Author: Frank Zappa (1940-1993)


    Desire is the very essence of man

    Author: Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) Source: De Ethica (1677)

  6. The Pyramid housing complex

    Bauen Wohnen Denken (Building Dwelling Thinking)

    Author: Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) Source: Bauen Wohnen Denken (1951)


    De wereld is een speeltoneel (The world is a theatre stage)

    Author: Joost van den Vondel (1587-1679)

  8. The VONDEL Church

    En toch beweegt zij! ( E pur si muove! )

    Author: Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)

  9. The WESTER Church

    Leben? oder Theater? (Life? or Theater?)

    Author: Charlotte Salomon (1912-1943) Source: The Jewish History Museum

  10. The World Trade Center WTC


    Author: Thomas Hobbes

    Source: Leviathan, or The Matter, Form and Power of a Common-Wealth Ecclesiastical and Civil (1651)