Irish limestone 210 cm high
A beautiful new symposium was born this year in Baarlo, Limburg, in The Netherlands. It is quite unique that a symposium of such high quality can take place in The Netherlands. The country does not have a great tradition for stone sculpture. But the people of the town of Baarlo see it completely differently. As the town will celebrate its 800 years birthday in 2019 the idea to organise a symposium to bring 6 new sculptures into town was born.
the place where the sculpture are made
Six international sculptors were selected and the sculptures were chosen by the population of Baarlo. With great enthusiasm 170 volunteers helped to make the symposium into an even greater success.
visitors on the working place
Now we just have to wait until the summer of 2019 to see the sculptures installed in Baarlo.
Up north there is a town called Os. It is situated south of Bergen at the Bjørnefjorden in Norway. Here the daylight stays all night long and the water and the mountains are changing their colors from black to pink and from blue to white. The green winters, as they call these summers up there, are cold but beautiful.
granite 125 cm high
I had the honor to be invited to the Os international sculpture symposium to make a sculpture in Os this year.
For many years the sculptor Arne Maeland together with the people of the Os Kulturutvikling Committee were able to bring sculptors from all over the world to work in Os and it has become a beautiful event that is cherished by the people of this town.
visitors to the workplace
A few months ago I made a sculpture for a cemetery called Moscowa in Arnhem, The Netherlands. It is made of new imperial red granite and is 225 cm high.
When the sculpture was created the inner space arose. And as I was gazing through this inviting window, hoping to see the other side, it appeared to me that these two worlds could meet.
“Through the brilliance of any image , the distant past resounds with echoes” G.Bachelard – “The poetics of space”
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"You cannot help but learn more as you take the world into your hands. Take it reverently for it is an old piece of clay, with millions of thumbprints on it" _Updike
Last month I was allowed to make a sculpture in Czech Republic. Hidden beneath the beautiful scenery of a small village called Lhota-Vlasenice, you can find the granite. And as this place has all the aspects of a little paradise, they are making their own magical garden there with beautiful plants and sculptures to enjoy.
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