SPROOKJESBEELDEN aan Zee

On the boulevard of Scheveningen …

You will find twenty-three groups of sculptures known as SprookjesBeelden aan de Zee or Fairytale Figures by the Sea, when translated.SprookjesBeelden aan Zee 01These bronze statues, themed around fairy tales and legends about the sea, were initiated in 2004 by the founders of the Beelden aan Zee Museum. They were created by an American sculptor Tom Otterness, who designed similar public installations in New York. Think famous fairy tales such as Hansel and Gretel, Pinocchio, Gulliver or the Tin Soldier but with a little twist. The largest sculpture is the Herring Eater which reaches more than twelve meters into the sky. (as seen on photo)

I reckon this is one of the hidden art gems of The Netherlands. The sculptures are located a  stone throw away from the beach, in front of the Beelden aan Zee Museum and freely accessible twenty-four hours per day. Kids love to climb on them and others love to take selfies with them. A must to check out them when you are in Scheveningen!

Location: Strandweg. 2586CJ DEN HAAG.

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