Tagarchief: Lost and Found

Fun conversations at the Findfence

Fun conversations at the Findfence

Fun conversations at the Findfence always make me smile and thankful. I meet a lot of kind and interested people at the Vindhek or Findfences in Amsterdam. They ask me a lot of interesting questions about the art installation and the beautiful city of Amsterdam. And in return they tell me about their own countries and lives.

Belgium, France – Saint Malo, Hungary, Roma in Italy, South Korea, London and Norwich – Great Britain, Rumania, Russia and Uruguay it is always ” my pleasure ” to hear their stories.Belgium-Vindhek

conversation FRANCE_La-Trouvaillerie





conversation NORWICH_GB-FindfenceRumania_Vindhek

conversation RUSSIA-FRANCE-Vindhek



Cambridge dictionary

talk between two or more ​people in which ​thoughts, ​feelings, and ​ideas are ​expressed, ​questions are ​asked and ​answered, or ​news and ​information is ​exchanged

Clever idea Findfence for lost and found

Clever idea Findfence for lost and found

Clever, excellent, neat, great, grand, useful, helpful, lovely and different. One simple blog  Biebkriebels of Marianne evokes so many positive reactions. And what´s more: people understand my concept immediately too: Respect, Honesty and Trust.

  • There’s always an artist. :-)
  • First time I have seen something like this. I think it would be very useful and helpful if we had them in the parks here.
  • This honesty lost and found fence is just lovely – many things are found in parks etc, so this is a great idea. You always find the neatest things Marianne. lol
  • What a great idea. It is nice to know there are honest people around. What a neat fence. Have a happy day!
  • Love that idea, it should be adopted in all the parks. Didn’t see it when I visited Vondelpark, what a pity.
  • Nice idea, never hear.
  • Interesting that there is no concern for whether people will just take something they like the looks of. But I guess it does encourage honesty?
  • What a grand idea!
  • What good idea!
  • Wat een leuk idee! Nog niet eerder gezien.
  • Now that’s a good idea for lost and found. Usually people return in a few minutes to where they lost something. if it’s hanging on a fence it’s easy to find.


  • interesting idea for found items, I wonder if many ever get found
  • What a clever idea to hang up the found items.
  • That is an excellent idea and good to have the sign in so many languages.
  • There are always some lost hats and gloves in my neighborhood. Sad b/c most people probably don’t remember where they lost something. A central place like this would be helpful!
  • What a neat idea!
  • That is a very different idea!
  • I remember seeing this when I was in Amsterdam in September.
  • What a fine idea for a park. There must be hats and gloves lost and found all the time.
  • I like all the flags in the signboard.



Génial, ca fait sourire les gens, La Trouvaillerie

Génial, ca fait sourire: La Trouvaillerie

Ca fait sourire les gens, génial, c´est vraiment super! Faire sourire avec une création, c´est vraiment extraordinaire. Un signe de bien-être.
Une femme apparamment polyglotte – elle parle le francais et l´italien aisément, décontractée – ne cesse de me faire des compliments enthousiastes, souriantes. Madame Paula Niedenthal au Musée du Sourire dit ” La stimulation des sourires se déclencherait automatiquement lorsque celui qui sourit regarde droit dans les yeux celui à qui le sourire est destiné. ”


Malheureusement cette fois ci, je n´ai pas mon caméra pour photographier cette aimable jeune femme au Vondelpark. Vous trouverez d´autres photos des belles rencontres avec les Francais et des francophones sur ce site. Et n´hesitez pas de m´envoyer votre photo prise à La Trouvaillerie à Amsterdam, Utrecht, Groningen ou Amersfoort.

sourires a La Trouvaillerie

C´est le mois de décembre. Beaucoup de touristes visitent Amsterdam pour y fêter la Fin d´Année. Feux d´artifice, pétards, champagne et oliebollen, une friandise traditionelle.



Pop the question

Pop The Big Question

Over the years men keep ‘popping the question’ to me. Their urgent request always comes down to the same subject, as if to them popping the question is a matter of life and death, namely, my interactive art installation, the Findfence.

The crucial question

The question they find so crucial to pop is simple: “Do people pin money to the Findfence?” This issue could be regarded as a social one, because women never feel the need to ask me this unsavoury follow-the-money question. A woman’s curiosity seems to be more imaginative and open-minded.

Lucky coin

On Saturday, I turned 31. Not a particularly momentous number. I wanted to do something a bit different with my day, so decided to celebrate by doing 31 random acts of kindness. Left a 2 euro coin on the Findfence (lost property) in the Park” writes Georgia in her blog. Just like Georgia, tourists often leave coins on the Findfence as some kind of good-luck charm, similar perhaps to throwing ‘lucky’ coins into fountains. Maybe they mean to express some kind of IRL supportive crowd funding gesture, towards the municipality, to maintain an art installation in public space that they are fond of?

They do, they do, they do

“Yes, they do!” is my answer to those curious men: see photo below, or watch this YouTube video, where two people stage a scene on the ‘big question’. One man finds a banknote and pins it – honestly – to the Findfence, whereas the other man steals it. Although the language of the video is Dutch, the nature of the action is universal.

50 euro Banknotes

Previous to these two filmmakers from Utrecht, a journalist had plotted a similar scenario in Z Magazinede Amsterdamse straatkrant (the Amsterdam street newspaper). The zealous reporter tells the story of finding a 50 euro note, which he pins to the Findfence in the Vondelpark. When he returns the next day, he assumes that the rightful owner had found it there and taken it back. “This is the best proof of the social usefulness of the Findfence – helping each other out.”

More recently, a new game ‘popped up’ on Twitter called Hidden Cash: explanation on their Facebookpage: “An anonymous social experience for good Real Cash hidden,” Well, this only leaves me to tell you the standard question posed by children: “Do people pin mobile phones to your Findfence?!”
Pop the Question

Pop question child

pop the question

I will make you happy

I will make you happy and have been looking to find you for 26 years. A note in Italian found in Findfence Kinkerstraat Amsterdam.Happy Italian note

Testo Italiano originale

Sono 26 anni che ti cerco ma non ti trovo. Dove sei ??? Vorrei dire che finalmente ti ho trovata… Non ho molto ma so che riusciró a farti felice

English translation of The Happy Note

I have been looking for you for 26 years. Where are you? I would like to say I have found you finally. I don´t have much assets but I know I will succeed in making you happy

Ik ben al 26 jaar op zoek

Ik ben al 26 jaar naar je op zoek, maar vind je nergens. Waar ben je??? Ik wilde zeggen dat ik je eindelijk gevonden heb. Ik heb niet veel maar ik weet dat ik erin zal slagen om je gelukkig te maken.

Promesse de bonheur Italien

Il y a 26 ans que je te cherche, mais je ne te trouve nulle part. Où es-tu? Je voudrais dire que je t´ai trouvée enfin. Je n´ai pas beaucoup de biens, mais je suis sûr que je te rendrai heureuse.