Street art, Marcel Ostrich

Singel Sneek -plan route

Marcel Ostrich occasionally sticks his head in the sand of the Singel.

Sticking your head in the sand is a proverb that means pretending that a problem does not exist. Then, according to the proverb, you are "sticking your head in the sand." Ostriches are known to stick their heads in the sand, but that is not actually true. Ostriches do often eat low to the ground and get food and bites of insects from the sand, which is why it does indeed look like it is sticking its head in the sand.

The ostrich is the fastest bird on the ground and the fastest land animal on two legs. The ostrich can maintain a speed of 50 kilometers per hour over a period of thirty minutes. In a short sprint, it can even reach speeds of up to 70 kilometers per hour, making strides of 3.5 meters. The ostrich is the largest and heaviest contemporary species of bird. Adult males can grow up to 2.75 meters high and weigh 155 kilograms, but average 1.80 to 2.10 meters; females are slightly smaller and lighter, up to 1.90 meters high and 110 kilograms heavy.


The Singel is one of the through streets in Sneek's city center. Previously one of Sneek's singel canals, it was filled in steps. The filling was completed in 1952, creating a very wide through street. A pipe for the circulation of canal water still runs under the road surface.