Street art: do you love it or hate it?  I love it and really enjoy spotting additions to urban street scene.  Nestling alongside the canals, we saw some great street art in Amsterdam this summer.

Amsterdam Yarnbombing

Yarnbombing is my favourite kind of street art.  I love the idea of the craft involved in making cosy jumpers for otherwise cold urban structures.  These circles are on a bridge by the Ij river in Amsterdam that we walked past every morning on our way out from our hotel.

Amsterdam Street Art

An artist by the name of The London Police created this huge mural covering the whole side of a house on the banks of the Prinsengracht.

Amsterdam Street Art

A little bit further along the Prinsengracht, we spotted this delicate little wire sculpture of a mermaid blowing bubbles attached to a lamp post.

Amsterdam Street Art

These two sweepers were keeping the wall tidy in the Jordaan area.

Maybe the sweepers could use water from this huge yellow tap that has been attached to a building nearby?

Amsterdam Street Art

I wonder if these letters make actual words in Dutch or are they just a pleasing arrangement of shapes?

Do you keep an eye out for street art when you are out and about?

We spotted quite a lot of this Street Art as we were on our Amsterdam Food Tour.    The Yarnbombing was at the foot of the building that is topped by the A’dam Lookout Swing, maybe looking down at it would have taken my mind of the fact that my babies were dangling hundreds of metres over the streets of Amsterdam!

My first ever sighting of yarnbombing was in Passau last year, as a keen knitter I admire the intricacy of the intarsia pattern.


Amsterdam Street Art

Suitcases and Sandcastles


  1. October 15, 2017 / 12:10 am

    I do love good street art. I love the idea of yarn-bombing but have yet to capture any examples of it on my travels.

    • Catherine
      October 15, 2017 / 12:11 am

      Yarnbombing is the one area of street Art that I could attempt myself!

  2. October 15, 2017 / 12:38 am

    It’s amazing all the different forms art can take, a lovely way to capture Amsterdam

  3. October 15, 2017 / 6:21 am

    Hi Catherine, I do enjoy seeing street art, but it’s not something we see on the island. The mermaid blowing bubbles did make me smile and the yarnbombing is fun, who likes to see a chilly structures?


  4. sarahmo3w
    October 15, 2017 / 7:25 am

    I love street art! There was recently a special weekend of street art near us in Cheltenham and it’s fabulous. I’ve still got to finish looking round.
    I love Amsterdam too 🙂

  5. October 15, 2017 / 7:39 am

    Big fan of street art. I love the ones you’ve captured, especially the mermaid. It looks like that took a lot of work. #MySundayPhoto

  6. October 15, 2017 / 8:21 am

    It looks a wonderful place to explore. Yarnbombing seems to be taking over the World.

    Thank you for linking up

  7. October 15, 2017 / 9:42 am

    yarn bombing is definitely a favourite of mine too! I love it when they wrap trees in comfy jumpers, such a contrast! I love the giant yellow tap too. Street art definitely makes exploring more fun #mysundayphoto

  8. October 15, 2017 / 1:29 pm

    The street art in Amsterdam looks fantastic! #mysundayphoto

  9. October 15, 2017 / 5:26 pm

    I just love street art so much and I could wander around Amsterdam for ages. I reeeeally wanted to go this year but will have to save it for next year now 🙂

  10. October 16, 2017 / 9:26 am

    Lots of gorgeous street art there! My favourite yarn bombing had to be a statue in Copenhagen of a father with his babies sitting all over him. Every year, somebody knitted scarves for everyone, it was adorable! 😀 #sundayphoto

  11. October 16, 2017 / 12:01 pm

    I love all the different types of street art you’ve captured in your photos. I’ve never seen any yarnbombing but I do love seeing photos of it 🙂

  12. Phoebe
    October 19, 2017 / 12:05 pm

    You’ve spotted some great stuff here, I’m a big fan of street art. I especially like the mermaid blowing bubbles (very original) and the tap. Last summer in Yorkshire I visited a town that was having a yarn bombing festival…rather odd, but fun too. I don’t think any of the art was intended to be permanent there though. #farawayfiles

  13. October 19, 2017 / 3:35 pm

    I really love street art and saw some great art in Amsterdam. One in particular I wish I could share with you was quite intriguing and beautiful. It was called Tolerance by Alaniz.

    • Catherine
      October 19, 2017 / 4:11 pm

      Do you pictures?

  14. Leona
    October 19, 2017 / 6:22 pm

    My fave when we were there was theblondon police one too

    • Catherine
      October 19, 2017 / 6:22 pm

      Great minds ….

  15. Clare Thomson
    October 20, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    I spotted a few of these on our trip to Amsterdam earlier this year! I’d not heard of yarnbombing though and you’re right, it’s a lovely idea. Love that gigantic tap too! Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

    • Catherine
      October 20, 2017 / 1:41 pm

      We obviously meandered down the same canals!

  16. October 21, 2017 / 10:55 am

    Yarn bombing is so random and cool I love it! We stayed on a houseboat opposite the piece by The London Police on Prinsengracht. Great memories! Thanks for sharing on #farawayfiles

    • Catherine
      October 21, 2017 / 11:17 am

      Great houseboat location!

  17. October 21, 2017 / 7:17 pm

    love love love this! I’m a huge fan of street art! We love when we stumble across yarn bombs! So fun, and we wonder who the mystery knitters are. Last Christmas some one left a giant lady Grinch along the bike path at the beach, so fun! #farawayfiles

    • Catherine
      October 21, 2017 / 8:01 pm

      Now a knitted giant lady Grinch is something I would like to see!

      • October 21, 2017 / 10:56 pm

        I have photos!

        • Catherine
          October 21, 2017 / 11:19 pm

          Yes please! Can you tweet?

  18. October 21, 2017 / 11:46 pm

    In answer to your question, I both love street art and hate it. Some is amazing. Some, not so much. And, for me it really depends on its placement and the content. I have been awestruck by some though. Real artists. Here in my town, someone took a warehouse and invited street artists to paint it inside. Was very cool.

    • Catherine
      October 21, 2017 / 11:48 pm

      I’m with you, most of it is very witty and enhancing but some is ugly defacement

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