Muse

For centuries, the Maas has inspired artists from Limburg and beyond as a muse. The same goes for filmmaker Rob Hodselmans, who was born and raised in Belfeld, a village on the Maas. His film shows images of his 85-year-old father and his 8-year-old daughter, swimming in the river which feels like a lifeline to the filmmaker.

Killer

But the Maas also has another side. That of an industrial river, polluted with poison and waste. This year, scientists found plastic in human blood for the first time. Nearly 240,000 kilos of waste were cleaned up along the Maas alone last year. More than 96% of this consisted of plastic. With his work made of plastic objects found along the Maas, artist Tim Scheffer shows how humans turn our rivers into a killer of nature.