Sculptures of the Jordaan

Jordaan, Amsterdam

Sculptures of the Jordaan

Follow artistic Amsterdam insider Nelson Carrilho on a tour of the city’s notable sculptures and outdoor art installations.

This bronze-flecked amble through the historic Jordaan neighbourhood is led by a resident artist whose own renowned work explores the impact of colonialism and other social issues through playful, moving sculptures. You’ll get exclusive and unusual insight into the inspiration behind Amsterdam’s sizeable stone sculptures, modern bronze busts and stealthy social pieces on this thinkpiece of an alfresco art tour.

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Nelson Carrilho

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Nelson Carrilho


Amsterdam-based and Curaçao-born Nelson Carrilho moved with his family to the Netherlands as a child and graduated from the Art Academy in Utrecht in 1980. His playful works are influenced by traditional African and Caribbean elements, and are steeped in social commentary and satire  – they typically comment on social abuses or highlight the importance of celebrating multiculturalism in society. Inspired by his personal history, he’s a champion of exploring the legacy of Dutch colonialism and how that can be expressed through art.

Get the inside scoop on of Amsterdam’s most inspiring sculptures

2 hours and 30 minutes
Start Time
Tours run between the hours of 09:00 and 15:00
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Where you'll go
You’ll start your experience in the historic Jordaan at Nelson Carrilho’s bronze-model and photograph-packed studio, where you’ll chat about his personal history and the legacy of Dutch colonialism in Amsterdam art. He’ll guide you through the neighbourhood’s nine historic streets, stopping to discuss notable installations by other Dutch artists in the area. You’ll visit an ode to women’s unity and a memorial to Anne Frank before hopping in a taxi to see Nelson’s own monument in the Vondelpark.
What you'll learn
You’ll learn about Carrilho’s background and how his perspectives on art are influenced by his experiences with Dutch colonialism. He’ll talk you through the skills and techniques used to make bronze sculptures and highlight upcoming installations. You’ll do a deep dive into historic Jordaan and discuss the sculpture installations by other Dutch artists in the area, before finishing up with a discussion of Mama Baranka, one of Nelson’s earliest – and most famous – works.
Experience location
You will be meeting Nelson Carrilho at his studio in Jordaan; we’ll send you the details in your confirmation.