One of the many, many reasons for me to go to Amsterdam is this little guy. He is working away at sawing through this branch and has been doing so since 1989. There is no sign explaining what it is or who made it, or when in was installed, just a bit of guerilla art. I must have walked past it many times without seeing it. My former boss at the British Council, Julian Andrews, told me about him. Most times I am in Amsterdam I go and look him up and salute his creator in spirit. I like his sense of humour and mischievousness. The growing branch measures the passing of the years. In 1989 the saw extended beyond the branch and now it is almost halfway up.
There is a rumour that the statue (and a few other ‘unofficial’ ones) are by an Amsterdam surgeon called Floris de Graaf, who is a sculptor in his spare time.
I have not been for a while so next time I am there I will surely look him up. If you are in Amsterdam you might want to do the same. He is on the corner of the Stadhouderskade, just across the bridge from the Leidseplein, on your right. Here is a Google map of the location, the blue marker indicates the location of the tree.
View Ruud’s World in a larger map