NH Schiphol Airport Hotel: Wall Paintings


NH Schiphol Airport Hotel in Amsterdam is a unique place for numerous reasons. The following are some of the rather odd and macabre original artwork which grace the walls of the NH Schiphol hotel in Amsterdam. This is a monstrous hotel with winding corridors, a breezy alcove and a delightful multilingual staff. The walls in every hall are covered with such abstract originals adding an eerie ambiance to the multitude of spartan like white walls. For some reason, I like it. Especially compared to the rather unoriginal flare depicting scenic trysts or lonely isolated waterfalls.

NH Schiphol Airport Hotel

The above image vividly portrays some random commotion centered around an ATM machine.

NH Schiphol Airport Hotel

This is quite odd and can be somewhat disturbing on a child pedo-centric sort of manner. I guess the odd reference to green balls was meant to distract the obvious. Maybe this one was glorifying a Thai katoey or ladyboy.

NH Schiphol Airport Hotel

Some weird nod to collectivist cult like nonsense. Perhaps celebrity worship or a desire for fame among the rabble. You have been indoctrinated.

NH Schiphol Airport Hotel

Alice in some drug laden acid trip. Fear and loathing in Wonderland no doubt.

NH Schiphol Airport Hotel

This one exudes sexual undertones. Not sure maybe the alluring pose with the inner thighs slightly exposed and the downcast look, somewhat somber, lost. I first mistook what she was holding as a razor or maybe a fetish for chewing gum. Either way, I like how this one fucks with you.

NH Schiphol Airport Hotel

This one has that Logan’s Run feel to it for some reason. Notice the two characters are rather sheepish in hiding their palms. I’d say these two were late for the carousel.

NH Schiphol Airport Hotel

The universal disdain for a work related conference or meeting needs no translation. Then again public speaking is also a fate worse then death for a vast majority. Looks like no one is taking the lead.

NH Schiphol Airport Hotel

Get your nervous face on. She probably saw the prices in euro for the food and drinks in the hotel restaurant. A burger deluxe was 15,50 euro and no pickle or coleslaw.

NH Schiphol Airport Hotel

Humanity get off your knees. Perhaps a nod to David Icke.

NH Schiphol Airport Hotel

Perhaps a homage to teen development. Still, hormonal awareness and a hotel is undoubtedly a strange combination.

NH Schiphol Airport Hotel

Reminds me of Sgt. Peppers lonely hearts or the Yellow Submarine animation. Where are the blue meanies?

Unfortunately, I was only able to capture a few of these paintings. I assume based on the expanse of this hotel, there were numerous other visual oddities around the seemingly never ending corridors. I love them all. In retrospect, it created a unique ambiance that colluded with my elation and trepidation at studying for my graduate degree in Europe. The vibe felt surreal based on the combination of colors, content and the overall artistic interpretation.

One day I have to see them in person again.