Nothing like a clear, crisp winter’s afternoon for an exploratory bike ride…

Clear, crisp winter's afternoon

Creatures appear all over the city – no doubt they also come out to enjoy the sunshine:

Animals abound!

Animals abound!

Animals abound!

Animals abound!

Animals abound!

Animals abound!

Animals abound!

Animals abound!

Animals abound!

(OK, strictly speaking the space invaders aren’t necessarily mammals… but I’m a sucker for a bit of alliteration.)

En route we came across this great mosaic by artist Fabrice. The details are quite beautiful, and fragments of crockery, pieces of old tiles, shells, beads, buttons and broken mirrors have all been used to fantastic effect. Although I was most interested in the minutiae of texture and colour it is apparently entitled ‘Het Kompas’ and according to Mosaic Art Source “it symbolizes the world itself and is a working compass guiding you north, south, east & west. The figures tell a story about each geographical direction”. So, pretty AND functional – what more could one want.

Mosaic by Fabrice, Marie Heinekenplein, Amsterdam

Mosaic by Fabrice, Marie Heinekenplein, Amsterdam

Mosaic by Fabrice, Marie Heinekenplein, Amsterdam

Mosaic by Fabrice, Marie Heinekenplein, Amsterdam

Mosaic by Fabrice, Marie Heinekenplein, Amsterdam

Mosaic by Fabrice, Marie Heinekenplein, Amsterdam

Mosaic by Fabrice, Marie Heinekenplein, Amsterdam

Mosaic by Fabrice, Marie Heinekenplein, Amsterdam

A spectacular sunset (albeit at four thirty in the afternoon!) makes the cycling induced frostbite worthwhile:

Sunset over the Westerkerk