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Over the course of ten years an international sculpture trail has been created in Maine, USA. This trail is situated all along the coastline and consists of 34 monumental, granite sculptures. Two years ago the idea was born in Canada to continue this trial of sculptures along the East coast of Canada.sculpture-saint-john

As I could participate in “Sculpture Saint John” I was pleased to make a sculpture for St. Andrews, a beautiful town in New Brunswick at the Passamaquoddy Bay.

The granite comes from the local “Hampstead Quarry”, a quarry of gray-pink granite. The quarry was last worked in the 1990s.karinvanommeren-stone-saintandrews“The story of the stone”  granite. 280x190x80 cm.   (the picture was taken on the workplace)

Stone is the earth on which we walk,

it gives us life and it carries our history.

karin-van-ommeren-breche-romaine                                                                                          “Brèche Romaine”

When you come into Saint-Béat, you can find the “Brèche Romaine”, an old quarry that dates back to the time of the Romans. The story tells that in this quarry the “Monolith of Lez” has been carved out. A column of almost 30 meters that was meant to become the Column of Trajan. But the column never arrived in Rome and probably stayed in Lez, the nearest town.

But if you take a close look at the quarry you still can find the traces.

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My sculpture “The Monolith” , made of marble of Saint-Béat, is placed next to the “Brèche Romaine”

karin-van-ommeren-marbre-saint-beat                                                                                    the quarry of Rap

The village of Saint-Béat is situated in the south of France in a beautiful narrow valley of the Garonne and  is surrounded by mountains rich of  marble.  At the time of the Romans the place was well-known as “Passus-Lupi” (Passage of the wolfs) and famous for its quarries.The marble was used to built Roman towns as Lugdunum Convenarum, which is called Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges today.

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Later on the marble was used for many monuments and palaces. During Louis ⅪⅤ  it was used for the fountains and sculptures in Versailles.Today new quarries are used in Saint-Béat. The quarry of Rap ,in the mountain of Rie, is one of the biggest underground quarries . It is almost 40 kilometers long and divided into different floors.karin-van-ommeren

Since the year 2000 the “Association Marbre & Arts” (www.marbre-et-arts.fr) organizes a festival of sculpture and marble (“Festival de la sculpture et du marbre”) in Saint-Béat. During three weeks every summer the village becomes again “the city of marble” and the marble of Saint-Béat has again all the attention, for its history and as material for contemporary sculpture. And every year a monumental sculpture is placed permanently in town and this year I had the honour to make a sculpture for Saint-Béat.

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kinmen taiwan sculpture

The island Kinmen is situated close to the shores of China and is part of Taiwan. The name Kinmen (Quemoy) means “Golden Gate”. Because of its strategical position the island became important , was involved in many wars and became a military reserve.

In 1992 Kinmen was returned to the civilian government after which travel to and from it was allowed and tourists could visit the island. The old houses were restored in their old style, the Kinmen National Park was founded and the Kinmen Institute of Technology became the National Quemoy University.

This year, for the first time, an international sculpture symposium was organised at the Quemoy University. Nine sculptures were placed permanently on the campus of the university. Four of them, including my work, were made on the spot by the artists. On the pictures you can see me sculpting the stone.  The sculpture is made out of persian travertine; a beautiful stone.

beeldhouwsymposium-sculpturesymposiumred-travertine-karinvanommerenIn the photo here below you can see the final sculpture installed at the campus.

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“The Gate”       persian travertine       2014      Kinmen      Taiwan

 

Visit my website:  www.karinvanommeren.com

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