Daydream010

by - 3:00 PM


If you'd asked me four days ago what my plans were for the weekend before Christmas, this probably would have been my answer: 'Eating and sleeping.' To be honest, add a cross country race to that and you've got my average weekend. I was looking forward to a quiet weekend at home, but then something better came along: a street art project called Daydream010 popped up in my news feeds. An art school student put a number of posters of fantasy animals up on walls in the centre of Rotterdam as part of her college education. The route was available online. I had to walk it asap.


On Saturday morning my dad and I got on the bus to Rotterdam. Whenever map-reading comes into play with one of these routes I drag my dad along, because he's good at it and I did not inherit his path finding skills at all. Of course I could have relied on the digital version of the map and GPS, but I was almost out of data for the month and my dad is better company than my phone.
We got off the subway at Oostplein, not too far from the first poster. Of course I walked right into the wrong street, because I knew that one from Mission Bunbun, before my dad told me I was going the wrong way. Soon I found myself photographing a fluffy chameleon-like animal on the wall of a supermarket. As I stood between bikes and bicycles to see it from up close, an elderly couple passed me by, expressing their confusion at what I was doing. Then they noticed NixNix, the chameleon, and said to each other: 'Look how cute that is.' It made me pretty happy to see these older people noticing and appreciating art that's usually frowned upon by their generation.

My dad didn't have to drag me out of the wrong street again when we started our search for the next two posters. These were easy to find, as they were both underneath the iconic Kubuswoningen. They're also very clearly marked on the map, so it took little effort to find Ówiger. This little dude just looks so awesome between all these tags. On the online map I read up on his bio. Not only does every single one of these creatures have a name, the artist has also written their bios and tells what inspired her to create them. They all come for the daydreams she's had while walking through Rotterdam, which makes these little creatures look right at home in the city centre. The artist's aim is for people to start daydreaming more. This is how Daydream010 came to be. I'd only seen three of her 'daydreams' so far, but couldn't wait to see what was up ahead.


And then disaster struck. Even with help from the GPS we couldn't find the next location. At one point I was standing right on top of the mark on the map, but didn't see anything. Then my dad pointed the last traces of pink antlers out on the wall. The rest of the poster was gone. It looked like it had been ripped off. Of course there's always a chance of pieces disappearing before you get to see them, especially when they're posters, but since I'd read about Daydream010 on Thursday I didn't expect the posters to be gone already. With the fear of all of them being gone already I continued my way, hoping the other creatures were still hanging in there.


I started to regret coming to Rotterdam as I walked along the river. The wind was chilling me to the bones and I could barely hold my camera up anymore. My fingers were completely frozen. I was rewarded for coming to the river bank with another fluffy creature. The next one on the map was halfway gone, but the other graffiti in that spot made up for it, if only a little. 


The route luckily didn't follow the river much longer and I soon came eye to eye with Chimla, the mascot of the big red ship that everyone who's ever been near Wijnhaven knows. I was glad to see this little guy intact. I'd found my cover star for this blog post.
The creature on the poster closest to him hadn't been this lucky. This cute little thing's midriff had been torn away. The upper half was still there, offering a flower as a present to the harbour's cranes. The look of it made me sad and I feared the worst when we couldn't find the next poster either. I was ready to give up when I finally spotted these two hugging on a trash can.


We continued our way down the Witte de Withstraat. No luck here, another poster gone. I enjoyed the ones I did see, in fact, I loved them. But one of them broke my heart when my dad found it in the gutter of the Luchtsingel. Maybe it's the paper, maybe it's the glue the artist used, but this little fellow didn't last long. It deserved better than that gutter. As I looked at it from up close I could see the brush strokes and the texture of the paint. These posters are so amazingly well-made that I wish they'd last an eternity.


I didn't have high hopes of finding the last three creatures on the map, all located near one of Rotterdam's very few buildings, the Laurenskerk. Indeed I couldn't find the first of these three, despite standing right next to it and having stood right next to it a few days earlier as well. Luckily I spotted it from across the water when I was on my way to a very Egyptian-looking creature. These two were so beautiful, but the last one of the entire route became my favorite. Swarell is a combination of a bat and a ray, who lives in the tower of the Laurenskerk. This one looks super cute, but also a little demonic in my opinion. I think it's funny to have a creature like this living in a church of all places.


Early in the afternoon we'd completed the route. I wish I'd seen more of these daydream creatures, but that's the thing with street art: you never know when it's going to be gone. I'm glad I saw as many as I did (and I wish I could buy them as stickers because they are that awesome), but if you want to do this route yourself you have to be quick: they could be gone in no time now!

x Envy

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  1. Never heard of anything like this wow! Bit of a mixed day I guess then but made a fab and vv interesting post x


    Morgan // www.justmorgs.com

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    1. This is honestly the most unique project I've seen as well. I loved walking the tour, but it was so sad to see that some posters were already torn down. I just had to write about it.

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  2. Wow this is awesome! We have something similar where I live but I haven't done the walk yet! I probably should haha

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    1. You totally should! These walks are always amazing experiences.

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  3. I bet it was great to do this little bit of exploring with your Dad! I like the idea of walking the trail and never knowing exactly what you're going to find due to the ephemeral nature of the art! Chimla is fab, I'm so glad that you got to see him! Wishing you very happy holidays!

    Abbey 💋 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. It's fun to do these things with my dad. These days he even spots good street art before I do, hahaha.
      I have to admit I cheated a little by taking a look at the picture gallery that came with the map, especially when we couldn't find a poster. It helped us in our search, because sometimes it was really difficult to find these creatures.

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  4. This is so cool! Jammer dat zoveel posters al waren verscheurd, maar gelukkig heb je nog genoeg moois kunnen zien. Ben bang dat ik net te laat ben om ervan te genieten. Oh well... I've experienced it through your blogpost! ;)

    Love,
    Dominique

    www.fashionedbypluche.blogspot.com

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    1. Ik zou willen zeggen dat er nog een kans is dat er nog een paar zijn, maar ik geloof er zelf niet echt in, hahaha. Misschien lag het ook gewoon aan de lijm. Er zijn wel andere street art tours met meer permanente pieces. We zouden er één samen kunnen doen als blogger meet-up :D

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  5. That sounds amazing, like pop-up urban art!
    And it's beautiful too.
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

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    1. I think this is my favorite street art so far. It's so unique and beautiful.

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  6. I am so glad that you got to see at least some of the art! It must be nice to just go exploring though. I love exploring and finding things like this x

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    1. There's actually still one of these posters up! I loved finding them. Hopefully the artist will do something similar in the future.

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