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Bicycle rush hour in Utrecht, the Netherlands’ fourth largest city

In the center of Utrecht, the fourth largest city in the Netherlands with a population of 330,772 in 2014, "up to 50% of all journeys take place in the saddle" for school, work, seeing friends, errands, shopping, or ...

Animated Life: Seeing the Invisible

"Everything that you can actually see with your eye is just the smallest sliver of life on this Earth. Most of life is invisible..." And so begins the exquisite paper-puppetry of Seeing the Invisible, a video by F...

The Netherlands: Working Windmills

How can the physics and engineering of wind and water change a country? From the world of European travel guides, here’s a quick primer: The Netherlands: Working Windmills. 300 years...

Making Florentijn Hofman’s Feestaardvarken (Partyaardvark)

Watch the making of Florentijn Hofman’s Feestaardvarken (Partyaardvark), a 30 meter long, climbable concrete sculpture made for Burgers’ Zoo in Arnhem, The Netherlands. Hofman’s work with giant an...

Tomás Saraceno’s Solar Bell: A paper-thin, kite-like wind sculpture

Solar Bell, a kite-like wind sculpture made of lighter-than-air materials — carbon fiber tubing and paper-thin solar panels — by Argentinian artist Tomàs Saraceno, in association with the Aerospace Enginee...

Zoo (1961) by Bert Haanstra

Zoo (1961), filmed at Artis Royal Zoo in Amsterdam by Dutch documentary film maker Bert Haanstra. But whom are we really watching here? More excellent Haanstra: Glas. Updated video link.

World record for the largest domino toppled in a chain

In August, 2009, Stefan Schöppers and his team succeeded in breaking the world record for the largest domino toppled in a chain that begins with a “regular”-size domino. Their largest domino, shown in the ...

A compilation of Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests

Set to Gustav Mahler's symphony number 5, watch this recently released compilation video of Dutch artist Theo Jansen's wind-fueled kinetic sculptures. He calls them Strandbeests, “beach beast” or “cr...

Glas, Bert Haanstra‘s Oscar winning documentary short film (1959)

A jazzy score, handmade craftsmanship, factories, machines, the 1950s, and glass; director Bert Haanstra's 1959 Oscar winning documentary short, Glas, is the perfect combination of so many fa...

Amsterdam’s Tulip Museum: An Animated History of the Tulip

An Animated History of the Tulip, created for The Tulip Museum in Amsterdam. Watch more videos in the Netherlands.  via Laughing Squid.

Watch 100 people answer the question, “How old are you?” in Dutch

Watch 100 people answer the question, “How old are you?” in Dutch(!), arranged from 0 to 100 by filmmaker Jeroen Wolf: In October 2011 I started documenting people in the city o...

Melvin the Traveling Mini Machine

Melvin the Traveling Mini Machine is two suitcases filled with a wonderfully detailed Rube Goldberg Machine, all to put a stamp on a postcard.  Besides doing what Rube Goldbergs do best – performing a simple ...

Ice skating on Amsterdam Canals, Winter 2012

In the winter of 2012, Amsterdam's famous canals froze completely solid for the first time in 15 years. Overnight, the city turned into a huge skating rink for young and old to enjoy. YouTuber Kanaal van Typevideos se...

Lernert & Sander: Playing music on a rainbow-colored glass harp

Two years ago, Dutch artists Lernert & Sander filmed a short for MTV Europe by building and playing music on a rainbow-colored glass harp. It makes for a great audio and visual combo. (Also, who knew we’d ha...

Beach Creatures: Theo Jansen and his Strandbeests

Theo Jansen makes wind-fueled kinetic sculptures specifically for walking and “surviving” on the beach. He calls them Strandbeests and they are extraordinary. Check out his 2007 TED Talk, which explains mo...