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Tour Bird art and abstract murals

The abstract murals and Bird Art make Dordrecht more beautiful and creative. Walk or bike this colorful tour.

The route begins just outside the center of Dordrecht with several abstract murals. Then, on nine end facades of flats owned by Woonbron and on a long front and side facade of the stores on the Vogelplein, you will find various murals of about 100 m2 each. Professional and amateur artists from the Drechtsteden and Rotterdam collaborated.

Tips

  • Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee at The Bird's Nest.
  • If you would like to learn more about Bird Art, you can walk or bike the tour with a guide. Contact Lotti Hesper for more information.
  • You can combine this route with the Street Art route and the Murals & Street Art route and make it a bicycle tour. These routes connect to each other so you cycle a round trip.
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Street art - Mural - Dordrecht

Simian Switch and Robbert Visser

Kromhout 118R

Commissioned by the owners of the blind wall, this mural was created. Inspired by the painting and interior, Simian Switch and Robbert Visser created this abstract sample with references to Dordrecht. Title: Heraldic No: 1.

Continue to follow the Kromhout, turning left onto Sint Jorisweg.

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MORF

St George's Bridge 12

Near the St. Joris Bridge you will find the old KPN object that artist Robert Visser transformed into an extraordinary abstract Artwork.

Go back and follow St. Jorisweg, turning left further down Matena's path. Walk past the back of the theater into the parking lot.

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Street art - Mural - Dordrecht

Robbert Visser

Place des Arts 1553

Near Schouwburg Kunstmin you will find this abstract work by Robbert Visser. The metamorphosis of Kunstmin through the years and theater logic are translated into a stereometric composition.

Following the Matena's path, turn left to Marcellius Schamperstraat, cross the children's art square. Along the stairs to the Noordendijk you will see the next mural.

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Elvira van bochove

Noordendijk 89

The mural "Connection in Time" connects a meandering stream of water with branches like a root system connecting the image from the past with the future. At the top is part of a photograph from 1900, by Hendrik Johannes Tollens. This shows the beam holes on the Noordendijk, water basins where logs of wood were preserved. Silhouettes of a diversity of people standing hand in hand in the water show the desire and need to live in communion with the water.

Walkers: go up the stairs and follow the Noordendijk to the right toward the mill.
Cyclists: go back and follow the Ameliahof and further up the bicycle stairs to the Noordendijk. Turn right onto the Noordendijk. On the left on the square the next work of art.

Read more about Connection in Time
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Street art - Mural - Dordrecht

Ton Kraaijeveld

Noordendijk 147

Past the Energiehuis, on the side wall you can see this mural. City artist Ton Kraaijeveld created this mural on the Energiehuis. The theme is language renewal , the text relates to the here and now and present and past.

Follow Noordendijk and turn right at traffic lights, at traffic circle, left to Bankastraat, left Adelaarstraat to Vogelplein.

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During your tour, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee at The Bird's Nest. 

The Bird's Nest is a coffee bar where we can meet, chat, drink coffee and do many fun things.

The Bird's Nest
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Bird Art Bird Square

Bird Square 34

Nina Valkhoff i.c.w. Elwin Plaisier

Multiple bird-themed murals and botanical garden by artist Nina Valkhoff around the windows and on the side wall of entrepreneurs G-KA Bakery, Shoarma store Pyramid and Özde Supermarket.

Look for more information about these murals on the nameplates on site. After this, follow Eagle Street and see the Bird Art on the apartment buildings.

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The Meeting

Snip Street 6

Nina Valkhoff

Nina Valkhoff likes to paint flora and fauna, often with a magical touch. With this mural, she wants to bring nature into the city. The lotus flowers and leaves give the feeling of a pond, where the goose and swan meet. The "prettier" swan takes a bow to the goose, who is on a pedestal for this time.

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The House Sparrow

Pluvier Street 6

Maarten & Marije Mooren

'The House Sparrow' was created especially for the Bird Neighborhood. Along the sparrow, symbol of every resident who likes to have a permanent home, you look into his Bird Neighborhood home: an apartment dating back to the 1950s.

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Joy is just around the corner

Black-headed Gull Street 6

Danny le Bruin (Street Face)

The hummingbird symbolizes a strong bird that quickly adapts itself and overcomes its problems. On this wall, he tries to achieve his goal just as the Bird Neighborhood residents of different backgrounds do. The plants on the mural can also be seen in the neighborhood gardens.

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Birds on a wire

Bittern Street 2

Jannette in 't Veld

A row of cheerfully colored birds represents the people who live here. From young to old, families, couples and people alone, from all over the world. Together they form a colorful neighborhood with sweet, helpful and talkative people. It was a joy to realize this, thank you for the many positive reactions.

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Bantering grebes

Cormorant Street 55

Remco van Hoek

Perky grebes swim together through their neighborhood. The water, stirred by the grebes, reflects the air of us all. To me, the grebe is one of the most beautiful birds in the neighborhood; she also fits perfectly into my repertoire of local Biesbosch animals.

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As free as a bird

Cormorant Street 91

Iris Kadijk i.c.w. Tessa Jongerius

Birds and other animals are not always appreciated by humans. But birds do not have the same problems as humans. No birds are excluded and they don't have to fear being bullied. Feel free as a bird, be yourself!

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Second Wind

Cormorant Street 115

Paul Schmitz

After overcoming my addiction, I created two paintings to represent my life as an addict (death) and my life after addiction (life). You see the latter in front of you. The planes are a warning for the rest of my life. Painting has now become an essential part of my life!

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Unlucky

Cormorant Street 22

Riq Etiq (Rik van der Neut)

During the concept, a meaning for the work is conceived. When this work is placed in the public space, the well-intentioned meaning changes rather quickly. The opinions of local residents of the Vogelbuurt neighborhood are unvarnished and as diverse as the local residents themselves. But if you don't like it and live right across the street from the mural, you can justifiably be called an unlucky person.

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Cormorant-Fish

Cormorant Street 64

Ode to Jacob Cats | Elvira van Bochove

After the start of the Synod of Dordrecht in 1618, a comet could be seen in the sky. Folk poet Jacob Cats (1577-1660) saw in it a divine sign that disputed issues could be resolved, in a new light. Children from the neighborhood drew the chicks of this Cormorant fish, referring to the centuries-old bond of Dordrechters with water.

You can extend this (bike) route with the Murals & Street Art tour.
Go through the bike tunnel, turn right onto Crayenstein Street.

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