Beurspassage, Amsterdam Oersoep

Chandeliers made from bicycle parts

Artists Arno Coenen, Iris Roskam and Hans van Bentem turned Damrak’s Beurspassage into a work of art called ‘Amsterdam Oersoep’. Symbolic elements of this watery city are featured on a mosaic design that covers the barrel vaulted ceiling, including bicycles and aquatic creatures.

Gilded metal chandelier made with recycled bicycle parts

Over a million glass mosaic tiles were used, predominantly shades of green, but with rainbow colours woven in. The ceiling is lit up by a row of gilded metal chandeliers that have a traditional feel, but are made from recycled bicycle parts in celebration of the way many of the city’s inhabitants (and visitors) move around.

Passage with arched ceiling with mosaic design

Beautifully crafted emerald green stained glass lamps line the walls. Hindsight is a great thing: I wish I’d taken a better picture of one of those.

I’ve been prompted to share these ceiling lights, lamps and the reflected light they shed as part of Becky’s JanuarySquares. Could I get away with bicycle lights too, do you think, or is that a step too far?

Find out more about Amsterdam Oersoep on Atlas Obscura, a handy way for travellers to make sure they don’t miss out on the weird and wonderful on their journeys.

35 Replies to “Beurspassage, Amsterdam Oersoep”

  1. That this is called a passage seems counterintuitive; it seems to me the purpose of this place is to lie on the floor and stare up for at least an hour. It is wonderful! I think you got a great shot of the emerald torch on the wall in that top photo. And in the third one I love the way the reflected lights seem to bubble up out of those brilliant lamps! Bicycle lights? Go for it! Thanks for this!

    1. Thank you! If you were to linger and immerse yourself it would feel like floating in an underwater tunnel with fish, air bubbles and even a water rat.

  2. What a place! And I agree. Atlas Obscura is a wonderful resource for the curious traveller. As are certain members of our blogging community …

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