The Schreiersoren was originally part of the medieval city wall of Amsterdam and was built in the 15th century.
It was the location from which Henry Hudson set sail on his journey to Northern America. This expedition would lead to the discovery of the island of Manhattan among others.
The old name was 'Schreyhoeckstoren' meaning in old Dutch the sharp angle of the tower with the once connected citywalls. The myth that it was the place where sailor's wives were weeping when their men set sail is a romantic falsification.
Nowadays, volunteers are fishing plastic out of the canals. Time has changed...:)
Size of artwork: 30 x 40cm