Eleven fountains in the eleven Frisian cities, designed by eleven artists from eleven different countries. 11fountains is an international art project for Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018, cultural capital of Europe, conceived and curated by Anna Tilroe. The fountains are ready for a new season in which fog, ice, steam and seawater take the center stage.

  • Eleven cities
  • Art and churches
  • Dream and dare
  • Nature and climate
  • Sea and trade

Immortal flowers - Rikka

Shinji Ohmaki Discover IJlst


Lucy & Jorge Orta Discover Sloten

The Rampant Lions of Workum

Cornelia Parker Discover Workum

Flora & Fauna

Shen Yuan Discover Hindeloopen

The Fountain of Fortuna

Stephan Balkenhol Discover Sneek

The Bat

Johan Creten Discover Bolsward

The Whale

Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla Discover Harlingen

The Oort Cloud

Jean-Michel Othoniel Discover Franeker


Jaume Plensa Discover Leeuwarden

The Fish for Stavoren

Mark Dion Discover Stavoren

The Ice Fountain

Birthe Leemeijer Discover Dokkum

Where in the world can you find cities that are smaller than villages? In Friesland of course. These Frisian cities were granted city status, not because of their size or economic influence, but because of their historical significance. You will find no less than eleven cities scattered all over Friesland. Each city is unique and has something to offer you. Discover one or two cities or visit them all. There will always be a city that appeals to you.


Friesland has the largest church density of Northern Europe and an equally rich history. An old country steeped in traditions, with people that honour the country and culture with exceptional art, both inside and outside the walls of the museums. This is reflected in the coats of arms, terp churches and art monasteries of the province.

Happiness, love, freedom, good fortune… Characteristics you may not associate the Frisians with, but these sober-minded people have always dared to dream of better times. They never let anyone tell them which king to serve, they refused to give up their language and saw contests and trade opportunities in even the most threatening elements. In other words, they know perfectly well how to make their own happiness.

As our climate changes, the world around us is changing too. We are faced with the disappearance of certain flora and fauna, the seawater rises and dykes are raised in the battle for dry feet. Traditions are fading away. In Friesland, the changes in nature and the climate are deeply felt. There may never again be an Elfstedentocht, the famous ‘11 cities ice skating tour’ on the frozen canals that all Frisians and many others dream of…

The Frisians have always had an intense relationship with the sea. As a boundary, it threatens and protects, while also offering great opportunities. Sail it and find new treasures, throw out your net and catch fresh fish, build a harbour and receive people from all over the world to trade with. Even the Vikings knew where to find Friesland and were welcome guests because of their wealth.