The mechanical arm plunges into the murky water of the Herengracht canal, observed by a gaggle of tourists craning their necks from a nearby bridge to gain a good view. The claw-like tentacle brings up bicycle after bicycle, dumping them onto an ever growing rusty pile amidships.
The Prinsengracht in central Amsterdam. Anne Frank hid from the Nazis in a back yard house here.
The garbage boat has the task of cleansing Amsterdam's canals of the countless bulky objects which people have hurled into them. Quite why the city's waterways have become a cycle graveyard is unclear.
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