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Panoramic photo by Carel Struycken EXPERT Taken 23:23, 06/04/2009 - Views loading...

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"Blue Waves" outdoor parking project at the Mandela Bridge on the Rhine

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This undulating field of blue and white was designed by a well known Dutch artist, Peter Struycken. It was originally meant to be an outdoor parking area, but cars are currently blocked from the field. The grand fountain bordering on the Rhine was not functioning during this photo session.

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Text by Steve Smith.

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