I am fascinated by the play of words and sounds: Amstel and I, and ei, and eye, and Ij. Where the two rivers meet, a city was born: Amsterdam.
Nuestra Señora de Amsteldam
Love Story: el Amstel y el Ij
The great Ij: Amsterdam and Haarlem
Little remains of the great Ij. Ruigoord used to be surrounded by water, now is surrounded by the Amsterdam industrial area. Amsterdam and Haarlem were linked with a canal, designed for horses pulling the cargo. This resulted a more reliable form of transportation in the 1600s, as the roads were often flooded during rainy season.
Variations on a theme: the Amstel and the Ij
Acrylic on canvas, various sizes, 2010-2012.
The Amsterdam City Archive commissioned a wonderful video showing the building of the canals rings in the 1600s.
Acrylic on canvas, 50×100, 2010.