In 2021, after 50 years of absence, the otter returned to Amsterdam. Amsterdam, the city of water, didn’t preserve the biodiversity it used to have back in the days when it still was a swamp. With the return of the otter, we need to partly reshape the city, gardens and parks, in order to facilitate space to the otter and other kinds of animals and plants.
Artist Theun Karelse introduces a design of a “floating allotment” to stimulate a city where nature, humans, and animals can all flourish. In the project Otterdam, we experiment with swamp -and water plants that are now lacking in our city, parks and gardens. The starting point is to let the otter be our guide to city landscape architecture and garden design. Otterdam will house in Westerpark with its running water, large ponds, canals, and extensive Waternatuurtuin (Water-nature garden).
Otterdam also offers different kinds of workshops for otter and plant lovers, both for adults and kids to gather more insights on a future-proof city. Otterdam will open on Friday 30th of June at 17.00h.
Opening: Friday 30 June 2023, 17.00h.
Open to visit: everyday till May 2024
Location: Waternatuurtuin Westerpark, Amsterdam
(near de Gashouder, below the dike)