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One of the interesting things to see at Vondelpark is the large monument to 17th-century Dutch playwright Joost van den Vondel.

This monument is the work of Dutch sculptor Louis Royer (1867) who also created the Rembrandt statue at Rembrandt Square. Here you find a bronze statue of a middle-aged Vondel, seated with a book in one hand and a pen in the other.

The statue is atop a decorative plinth that was created by important 19th-century Dutch architect, Pierre Cuypers and includes gold engravings and four angels. There is a large circular base that is surrounded by flower beds.

The monument is a nice depiction of Vondel for whom the park was later named and is worth making time to see if you plan to visit the northeast area of Vondelpark.
Rembrandt Monument
2019 Jul 04
One of the feature monuments at Rembrandplein is the 19th-century statue of Rembrandt situated in the middle of the square, just in front of the assortment of bronze statues known as The Night Watch.

This is the work of Belgian sculptor Louis Foyer and was erected here in 1851. Here you find a figure of the Dutch Old Master standing, nicely dressed while peering to his left. The statue is atop a simple pedestal with the artist's name engraved upon it.

With the collection of figures that make up The Nights Watch situated in front of the Rembrandt Monument, it appears as if he is admiring the characters of his own masterpiece placed before him. It is a nice scene and good photograph opportunity for those that visit this area of the city to see the monuments.
The Monument of Jewish Resistance (Monument vor Joods verzet) is situated at the corner of Amstel and Zwanenburgwal in the city centre. It serves as a memory of the Jewish members of the resistance who lost their lives during WWII.

This is the work of Belgian sculptor Josef Glatt (1988) and is in the manner of traditional Jewish tombstones. It is a metre tall granite column which includes both Hebrew and Dutch engravings.

It is a touch memorial and reminder of the tragedies of war. You can combine with a quick visit to the Spinoza Monument just 20-30 metres away.
Art Zuid
2019 Jun 24
The ArtZuid sculpture exhibition is taking place in Amsterdam (17 May to 15 Sept 2019). This is the sixth edition of the exhibition which is held every other year. Here you find over 80 large scale exhibitions installed in the area between Minervalaan and Zuid Amsterdam. The exhibition area is open 24 hours a day.

Visit the ArtZuid website for a map with location of the various sculptures. You can also download a mobile app. which is helpful. There is an exhibition information centre and pavilion setup at Minervalaan that is open from 10am to 6pm.

Overall, we liked the sculptures found on the east-west Apollolan exhibition area more than than those found on the north-south area along Minrevalaan.

We particularly liked 19 - Yoshitomo Nara's Your Dog (2017), 20 - Elsa Tomkowiak's colourful Out (2019) installation and 25 - The Leader (2015) by Atelier van Lieshout. Plenty more sculptures of interest to occupy an hour or two of art viewing in this area of the city.
McKinley Tree
2019 May 07
The McKinley is one of the giant and famous sequoia trees found along the Congress Trail in the Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park. The tree is 291 feet (88 metres) tall and believed to be over 2,000 years old. It is dedicated to 25th U.S. President William McKinley.

You'll find a sign in front of the McKinley Tree helping to identify it amongst so many other giants found throughout the grove. The McKinley is impressive in its size, stature and structure. Stand back 30-40 years and you can capture the entire tree in your camera lens. It is a beautiful specimen.

Note that a handful of other important Sequoias to see in the area.of the Giant Forest Grove. The most famous is the General Sherman, the world's single largest tree by volume, which is located near the small car park and trailhead.