Street art, Pingo and Pingu the Penguin

ter hoogte van Kleinzand 155 Sneek

Pingo and Pingu the Penguin have found a place on the Kleinzand.

Pingu is a claymation series of Swiss-British origin. The original series ran from 1990 to 2000, followed by an updated series that ran from 2003 to 2006. The series is about the young penguin Pingu who lives with his family in an igloo in Antarctica. The series became an international success partly because the characters conversed in an improvised penguin language that made the series accessible to children worldwide.

Penguins use their wings to fly through the water, just as other birds fly through the air. They can fly through the water at speeds of up to 30 km per hour. The name "penguin," which probably comes from the Celtic pen gwyn (white head), was originally used for the giant eel, the now-extinct counterpart (not a close relative) of the northern hemisphere penguin.


The Kleinzand is a quay and canal in downtown Sneek. The name is a corruption of the word zaan or sont, which is a narrow passage between wider waters. Unlike the Grootzand, the moat on the Kleinzand is still navigable.