In 2004, Beelden aan Zee Museum opened a fascinating terrace on the boulevard side. Bronze sculptures are freely accessible twenty-four hours per day in ‘SprookjesBeelden aan Zee’. American sculptor Tom Otterness, who designed similar public installations for New York, immersed himself in fairy tales and legends about the sea and modeled twenty-three groups of sculptures of which the largest – the Herring eater – reaches more than twelve meters into the sky.
At first sight the images look happy, but on closer inspection the fairy tales turn out to be rather creepy, and sometimes even grim. As part of beach resort Scheveningen the sculpture terrace is open to the public and free of charge. Adding a new dimension to the boulevard it also servers as the 'portal' of the Beelden aan Zee museum.