Old Shipyard into Creative Canvas

On the banks of the IJ-river, located right across the water of Central Station, is one of Amsterdam's the hidden gems for travelers. A raw industrial area, a market place for vintage hunters, a home for students, and a shelter for creatives. The former shipyard known as the NDSM-wharf.

Published by Mio on 09/01/2014

The wharf officially closed down in 1984 when the shipbuilding industry died out. Its rugged industrial feel is still present and used to its benefit at the festivals, exhibitions, markets and a wide range of other events that are being hosted there.

I love going on treasure hunts at the infamous Ij-hallen flee markets, or getting my veggie fix at one of my favourite cafes Noorderlicht, or cruising the Pancake Boat with my daughter. But the main reason I love going to NDSM-wharf is because it's a ten football pitches sized canvas for national and international street artists.

Last Sunday when I went to spot some new artwork with my family we walked into Monza who was trying to finish a piece before it would start raining again. Other renowned names to regularly spot are Bustart, Karski, Utrecht based artist KBTR, Israeli artist Broken Fingaz, calligraphiti artist Niels 'Shoe' Meulman and artwork remains by and tributes for the  deceased Amsterdam graffiti 'king' Artic

Here are a few snapshots from my NDSM street art collection of an old Shipyard urned into a creative canvas. Enjoy!

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- Mio-

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