There’s always something going on at the Amsterdam Public Library, OBA, celebrating its fifth birthday this year.
We often take visitors there, for the view of the city from the cafe on the seventh floor (that’s considered a bird’s eye view in flat little Holland).
They’ve cracked down on the free wifi for backpackers by requiring library membership to access the internet there, but it’s still a great place to sit, have a coffee, read the foreign newspapers or listen to music from their enormous collection of CDs.
On our last visit our eye was caught by the seven metre long artwork by Stef Kreymborg – ‘Klaagmuur van eenzame sokken’ (Wailing Wall of Lonely Socks).
We all know the story of the socks lost in the wash, never to be seen again. The artist has assembled thousands of their bereaved partners, collected during a media appeal, into an artwork. It is intended to move to a different location in the Netherlands each year.
It’s served its time in the Parliament building in The Hague, and is now installed in the Amsterdam Public Library.
For more of Stef’s work, see stefkreymborg.nl