Homo sapiens non urinat in ventum (Place)

Posted by Martijn Sandberg 17 January 2012

The portal between the Leidseplein nightlife area and the Max Eeuweplein is pompously accentuated by a classical looking façade, designed in 1991 by Zaanen Spanjers Architects. On the frieze, supported by columns, the architect has carved an inscription: ‘Homo sapiens non urinat in ventum’ – ‘A wise man does not piss into the wind’. A ‘wisecrack’, disguised in Latin.

Homo sapiens non urinat in ventum | Max Euweplein | Amsterdam

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