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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On one of the hills in the beautiful landscape of the Adelaide Hills region in Australia, there is a place called “The Cedars”. This year ten sculptors were invited by the Adelaide Hills International Sculpture Symposium (www.adelaidehillssculpture.com.au) to come to this place and carve a work of art for the Hills Sculpture Trail, which was an idea founded by a group of volunteers in 2011 and the sculptor Silvio Apponyi to “enrich the Hills with sculpture.
“The View 2”
My work “The View 2 ” is made in the australian “Black Hill black granite” . The sculpture is 260 cm high and can be twisted on its base. The sculpture was commissioned by the Klein Family Foundation to enrich the entrance of the Ngeringa Cultural Centre (www.Ngeringaculturalcentre.com) at Mt. Barker.–
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.
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
You can see some of my new works at Etienne Gallery in Oisterwijk (nl).
The sculptures are made at the beginning of this year and created in red and black granite.
Come and see the works! For visiting hours and address: http://www.etiennegallery.nl
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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.
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.“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.