They started their journey about 150.000 years ago in Scandinavia and travelled towards the south: the boulders. Europe was in the middle of the glacial age and the nothern part of the world was covered with ice. This ice-field, this huge glacier, pushed the stones towards the south. It took them 1000 years to arrive and they finally ended up in places as the nothern part of Germany and The Netherlands.glacier-karinvanommeren

                                                                                 the end of a glacier


                                                  a stranded boulder on its way from Norway to the south

They look like fragments of a rock, stones with different colors and sizes. But that is only on the surface. If you have the opportunity to look inside a boulder you will find the most beautiful colors and types of granite. Every boulder shows a different color and a different composition. That is why you want to know where they came from…in which part of the world they had their origin. And you’ll travel back in time.

Last month I was in Neustadt-Holstein, a beautiful town situated on the coast of the Baltic Sea. There they call them “Findlingen” and you can find them everywhere; in the walls of the houses, in the streets or just as a sign. Every 3 years an international sculpture triennale has been organized and some artists are invited to create a sculpture out of these boulders. My sculpture “The Core” will be placed in Pelzerhaken (Neustadt)


                                                                   “The Core”     sculpture for Pelzerhaken

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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.


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


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