Let’s rewind a couple of years… Kees Moeliker (director of Natuurhistorisch Museum Rotterdam) is sitting on a bench on platform 9 of Rotterdam Central Station. Looking down on his cellphone, he hears the train doors opening. Convinced the train has arrived he stands up and walks towards the tracks — only to find out his train didn’t arrive at all!
That’s when Kees realized he got fooled by a nifty starling, imitating the loud, distinct noise of train doors opening. It was the start of his idea to someday feature these fascinating creatures in an exhibition.
Years later, award-winning photographer Jasper Doest captured this story in a stunning photo series about starlings at Rotterdam Central Station. That’s when Kees connected the dots and asked us to design an exhibition around these photographs. You can visit the exhibition (called “Spreeuw Centraal: kijken door de lens van Jasper Doest”) until 25-02-2018 at Het Natuurhistorisch Museum Rotterdam.
The story begins by demonstrating the characteristic but ungraspable shapes created by starling flocks. With flocks as the starting point, you work your way down through fascinating facts, incredible pictures and stunning sounds: until you finally reach that tiny little starling, sitting on the platform, taking a bite from his freshly confiscated croissant.
It’s an experience where you can look, feel and listen, all while learning everything there is to know about starlings in our midst. Come and experience Spreeuw Centraal in Het Natuurhistorisch Museum Rotterdam!
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