Beautiful brick - Dual-headed eagle by Marjolein Katsma

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mosaic, brickwork, brick, netherlands, bb, bridgekeeper, groningen, coat of arms, brickmaking, beautiful brick, brick mosaic, dual-headed eagle

Part of my Beautiful brick series, this is a mosaic at the same time, put together from different types and colors of brick.

The figure is the dual-headed eagle which features in the coat of arms of the city of Groningen

Thumbnail Groningen Coat of Arms

It is located in that city on the wall of the bridgekeeper’s house of the Herebrug. (A “bridgekeeper” does not so much “guard” as operate the bridge, making sure both shipping and road traffic (including pedestrians) can safely cross.) According to a Dutch Wikipedia page the current bridge dates from 1953.

Groningen used to be a center of the brickmaking industry, with several brick factories located around the city, usually alongside a canal to ensure easy transportation.

Architect: tbd
Year built: 1953
Taken in Groningen, Netherlands 2010
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

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  • Jurmale
    Jurmaleabout 5 years ago

    Very beautiful wall and work,Marjolein!

  • Thank you very much, Paul!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • MarjorieB
    MarjorieBabout 5 years ago

    I love it when workmanship bursts into unecessary but totally exquisite adornment. When it is so beautifully documented, it gains another life in which to inspire others who may never see it in person. Wonderful wall, wonderful picture.

  • Thank you for your wonderful comment and the fave, Marjorie!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • AnnieSnel
    AnnieSnelabout 5 years ago

    Heel apart Marjolein. Ook het verhaal erbij is interessant. Als Groningse maak ik hier natuurlijk een favoriet van☺ Groetjes, Annie.

  • Dank voor je mooie commentaar en de fave, Annie!

    Als kind wandelde / fietste ik vaak met mijn ouders langs “de steenfabriek” (inmiddels al lang verdwenen), dat was één, maar er waren er verscheidene wat verder van de stad.

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaabout 5 years ago


  • Thank you so much, Scott!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Kylie  Sheahen
    Kylie Sheahenabout 5 years ago

    Great find and capture Marjolein :)

  • Thank you, Kylie!

    I “knew” it was there, I must have passed it countless times because I grew up in Groningen – it just took looking with “new” eyes and the Beautiful bricks theme in the back of my mind to suddenly notice it last Saturday, and on Sunday I made a little detour to photograph it.

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Kim  Calvert
    Kim Calvertabout 5 years ago

    Interesting wall!

  • Thank you Kim!

    I’ll try to find out something about who designed this (and when), maybe next time I’m in Groningen, I’m planning to spend a few days there next month so I can photograph more brick!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • 4artisticdesign
    4artisticdesignabout 5 years ago

    very cool

  • Thank you for the compliment!

    – Marjolein Katsma

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