28 February 2014

Rijkswachters from Amsterdam

A good friend of mine just sent me a picture of her newest addition. And it was love at first sight!

Have you ever heard of The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam? If yes, than you probably know it had been closed for god knows how many years due to refurbishment. Well, they have finally reopened their doors. What I never thought about is what they actually did with all these pieces of art during the closure. Apparently most of them have been in storage in big wooden crates. Now the crates are obsolete, the Rijksmuseum came up with this brilliant idea to repurpose the crates and offer a killer (and very cute) souvenir: they made a wooden army. And you can have your very own art soldier. They call them 'Rijkswachters' which means something along the line of 'state guard' and I personally think they look like robots (and I like robots!).

Now here's the best part: every wooden soldier has got a number. And with this number you can look up which work of art has been stored in it. How amazing is that? So apart from a really cool wooden robot made from repurposed materials it also comes with a really good story. Yours might actually have provided a home for a Van Gogh or a Rembrandt! I definitely need to have one too...

They come in different sizes with and without lamps. Have a look right here (you can buy them here too)

1 comment:

  1. Hé dat is leuk, had ik nog niet van gehoord! Een stoere robot met een goed verhaal, een super leuk idee :-)