Water in the city

Research into water as motif of city iconography is undertaken against the background of radical changes in the material function of water that has become apparent in the canal systems and the tap water system that houses are fitted with. A shift too occurs in how water is judged: water is thought to breed diseases and as a consequence waterways get vaulted. However, water is still a principal motif in poetry and is a key aesthetic element in the layout and planning of parks. As part of the research project on the iconography of water in cities a photographer is commissioned to put on record, over a period of six months, the contemporary urban developments in Maastricht and surroundings.

Photographer anon | The port of Maastricht | Regionaal Historisch Centrum Limburg (Maastricht) | ca. 1890 Photographer anon | Zuid-Willemsvaart (Zuid-Willems canal)| Regionaal Historisch Centrum Limburg (Maastricht) | 1867 Photographer anon | Zwanenvijver (Swan's Pond), Maastricht  | Rijksmuseum Amsterdam | after 1888 Photographer anon | Kleine Looiersstraat (Small Tanners Street), Maastricht | Regionaal Historisch Centrum Limburg (Maastricht) | before 1897 Photographer anon | The Bassin, the port of Maastricht | Regionaal Historisch Centrum Limburg (Maastricht) | 1910 or later Photographer anon | Zwanengracht (Swans' pond) with Poort Waarachtig (city gate True), Maastricht | Rijksmuseum Amsterdam | ca. 1905 Photographer anon | City wall near Villapark, Maastricht | Rijksmuseum Amsterdam | ca. 1890 Photographer anon | Flooding in the Grote Looiersstraat (Big Tanners street), Maastricht | Regionaal Historisch Centrum Limburg (Maastricht) | 21 December 1880 Photographer anon | Northerly quayside of the Bassin, Maastricht | Regionaal Historisch Centrum Limburg (Maastricht) | ca. 1890 Photographer anon | Kleine Looierstraat (Small Tanners street), Maastricht | Regionaal Historisch Centrum Limburg (Maastricht)