Icons of Utrecht

Wittevrouwen Muur Kunst
I took these photos back in December, but forgot to post about them. Today, however, one of the stars of this fantastic bit of wall art reminded me that it was time to post them. You see, Sheriff, the black and white cat at the center of the painting, performed his usual task of escorting us to and from our home today. He prowls the neighborhood, keeping an eye on things, and I think perhaps he courts one of the neighborhood cats, although from the sounds of things, I’m not sure how successfully.

The mural is a mix of Utrecht icons. As well as Sheriff, another neighborhood icon is the white building, which is now a lawyer’s office but was once a police station. It has a clock tower that rings out the hour and half hour throughout the neighborhood. Of course, the mural also features a couple of other Utrecht icons, namely the Domtoren and the city’s notable canals with wharves below street level.

I always love these creative uses of large blank wall spaces. The artists who fill them explore a fantastic range of subjects and styles, and they’re always worth admiring.
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12 thoughts on “Icons of Utrecht

  1. The canals with wharves below street level are not really unique. You have mentioned more than once that they are which I accepted without giving it a second thought. But Leiden, the town where I live, also has a warve below streetlevel, albeit a rather short one. So I should have known better. I only realised this when last year I saw photos of a very big fire in Leeuwarden. The name of the street where the fire did happen: Kelders (cellars). A logical name for a canal with a such a warve.

    • I thought I had read somewhere — not that that obviously means anything — that Utrecht was the only city with these kinds of canals. It does make sense that other cities would have done the same style. It’s almost surprising that there aren’t more. So they may not be unique, but I guess it’s the fact there are two extensive canals like this that makes Utrecht’s noteworthy. Thanks for the info!

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