In our old apartment we enjoyed some epic views of the Dutch sky showing off at sunset. Now that we face east sunset views are a thing of the past. But looking east has much to recommend it – like this perfect, rosy view of the first sunrise of autumn this morning.

first sunrise of autumn

draw the line
While on the subject of rosy views, on Friday evening we stopped in to the Melkweg’s Mediaroom to have a look at Dorette Sturm‘s wonderful ‘Breathing Cloud’ installation. It is exactly as the name suggests – a cloud, stitched in white fabric and suspended from the ceiling, that deeply inhales and exhales at a slow and steady pace, pulsing white to pink and back again in unison with each breath.

'Breathing Cloud' by Dorette Sturm

It’s a beautiful, relaxing thing and well worth visiting if you’re in Amsterdam – the cloud is breathing in the Melkweg’s Mediaroom until 11 October 2009.

'Breathing Cloud' by Dorette Sturm

'Breathing Cloud' by Dorette Sturm

[Apologies for the sub-par mobile phone photos – they really don’t do the ‘Breathing Cloud’ justice! You can also view a short video of the cloud here]