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This is a Real Bridge in the Netherlands

Tuesday 10.21.2014 , Posted by
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This is one very unique design for a drawbridge. The Slauerhoffbrug (aka Flying Drawbridge) is a fully automatic rolling lift bridge in the city of Leeuwarden in the Netherlands. The diagonally offset counterweight that balances the 15 meter square road surface makes this bridge very different, leaving much of the machinery off to the side while the bridge is down… and leaving plenty of people wondering about it’s purpose. [Read more...]

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Sand Creatures: Claire Droppert Captures Clouds of Sand in Mid-Flight

Sunday 03.23.2014 , Posted by
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Throwing sand at the beach used to be one of those things frowned upon – the kind of activity that will get sand in the eyes of people far downwind – but no longer. Rotterdam-based photographer Claire Droppert has just announced her most recent series ‘Sand Creatures’ which brings an enlightening new context to something so normal. [Read more...]

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Ramon Bruin Plays Tricks on Your Eyes Using Just Pencil and Paper

Saturday 12.14.2013 , Posted by
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When viewed at just the right angle, Ramon Bruin’s pencil drawings appear to pop right off of the paper. The self-taught, freelance artist proves that he has mastered the art of anamorphism with his latest collection of optical illusions. His photorealistic images combined with eyeball trickery have landed him an article in the upcoming 2014 edition of Ripley’s Believe it or Not. Based in the Netherlands, Bruin has many other artistic talents outside of drawing- painting with oil, acrylics, watercolors, and most favorably an airbrush. With over 9 years of experience in airbrushing, including a graduation from the Airbrush Academie in Lelystad, Bruin is a professional airbrush artist. He started his own company called JJK Airbrush. [Read more...]

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Hovenring: This is the First Suspended Bicycle Roundabout

Wednesday 10.30.2013 , Posted by

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When a roundabout intersection in the bicycle loving Netherlands became too busy for cars and bikes to share space, the design agency ipv Delft came up with a beautiful solution to separate the two transportation forms completely: an elevated bicycle roundabout. Located on the border of Endhoven and Veldhoven, the bike path is fittingly called the Hovenring (yeah, we read that hover-ring at first too). The structure holds the distinction of being the first suspended bicycle roundabout in the world. [Read more...]

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Grave Connects Two Lovers and Their Differing Beliefs

Friday 07.26.2013 , Posted by

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In the kitsch little town of Roermond in the Netherlands lays the grave of two lovers still holding onto their love in spirit, 130 years later. Traditionally, people in this southern part of Holland would be buried in their family plots corresponding to the religion they followed. These two lovers, Colonel J.W.C. van Gorcum and Jonkvrouwe J.C.P.H. van Aefferden, were both Christians, yet one was catholic and one was protestant. After being married for forty two years, the Colonel died in 1880 and was buried in the protestant plot of the town. A wall separated the catholic and protestant burial grounds. [Read more...]

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Vibrant Tulips of Holland Shot From Above

Tuesday 02.05.2013 , Posted by

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With the help of pilot Claython Pender, photographer Normann Szkop was given one of the most remarkable views of Holland in the Spring. A beloved symbol of the Netherlands, the tulip fields attract many visitors in their blossoming season of April and May, but tourists can still see flowers all year round. The bulb flower business is booming in the Netherlands, exporting to hundreds of countries worldwide. Szkop captured the vibrancy of this season remarkably with this aerial view of Anna Paulowna, a municipality and a town in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland.. [Read more...]

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The Difference Between Holland and the Netherlands

Friday 12.28.2012 , Posted by

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Next time you’re off to Holland to pick some tulips you’re going to be far, far more informed about the place… and far more correct in identifying what it is. As this excellent and quickly paced video from the epic CPG Grey points out, there is a massive misunderstanding about the tulip growing, windmill building, hagelslag eating, container ship moving, ocean conquering nation… most importantly that it’s called the Netherlands and “Holland” is actually just its two most populous provinces. [Read more...]

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You’ve Never Seen a Flower Parade Like This Before!

Wednesday 11.14.2012 , Posted by

I’ve got to admit that I don’t usually rank flower parades that far up my list of cool things… but this example from the Netherlands completely blew me away. Bloemencorso, the annual parade of flowers, takes place in Zundert and features some of the most creative and modern examples of the floral sculpting form you’re likely to see. Find out more about the parade (which happens again September 1st and 2nd, 2013) at bloemencorsozundert.nl. [Read more...]

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Man-Eater Spices Up the Bus Ride

Tuesday 08.14.2012 , Posted by

Inspired by the monotony of his daily commute on the tramway to art school, Daniel Disselkoen set out to make things a little more interesting. He created a clever game called “Maneater” that one lucky bus rider on each trip would get to play and recorded their experience. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #240 > All Around the World

Thursday 07.26.2012 , Posted by

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