Like the village linden tree in days of yore, the eleven fountains, each in its ‘own’ city, constitute a central gathering point. They symbolise the sense of community − of mienskip, as the Frisians themselves say − that is such a strong aspect of Frisian life.

The fountains would never have gotten anywhere without the enthusiastic support and involvement of this mienskip, represented in each city by a so-called Fountain Commission. These commissions suggested possible locations, met the artist chosen for their city and acquainted him or her with the local history, organised public presentations, and were involved in judging the artwork. Never before has this kind of broad support been generated in such a way for a complex and ambitious art project.

11fountains, 11 world class artists
All the participating artists are from the top segment of the international art world. They hail from eleven different countries and were carefully chosen on the basis of their work as being ‘suited’ to the character of a particular city. They were asked to immerse themselves in the city’s history, taking into account the intended location, and to become acquainted with the local population. Not only did this process result in friendly contacts, but it also gave rise to extraordinary designs which together will form a not-to-be-missed destination for international cultural tourism.

11fountains, new cultural heritage

11fountains is one of the largest art projects of Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018, Cultural Capital of Europe, and is a new addition to our cultural heritage. The project is being supported by the Province of Fryslân and the six municipalities involved.