The NS (Nederlandse Spoorwegen) or the Dutch Railways get around 80,000 lost and found items every year. Less than half find their way back to their owners, and the rest end up recycled or sold to a wholesale buyer. Apparently, all sorts of interesting items end up in the Lost and Found department. Some of the unique objects include a prosthetic leg, keys to a Porsche, and a box of gold rings.
Early this month, NS and about a hundred students from the Artemis Academy in Amsterdam and Rotterdam set up the Lost & Found project at the Amsterdam Central Station. The project was on display from December 12th to the 14th.
The Lost & Found project, an exhibition and pop-up shop, featured lost and found items from city trains. Students and designers recycled and transformed items into new fashion or art pieces.
The exhibition featured a skateboard that was turned into a bookshelf, a bag made out of train furniture, gloves made from old clothes, and more.
Sales of the Lost & Found project benefited Natuur & Milieu, an organization that works for a more sustainable environment.
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