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
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
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.
In the photo here below you can see the final sculpture installed at the campus.
“The Gate” persian travertine 2014 Kinmen Taiwan
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Frede Troelsen, Winni Schaak, Karin van Ommeren en Jo Kley
The oldest “Way of the Cross” (Calvary) in Germany is located In Lübeck, the famous Hanze city in the North of Germany; it’s been there since 1493. With a distance of 1650 meters the walk goes from the St. Jacobi Church to the Hill of Jerusalem.
This year four sculptors were invited to create abstract sculptures in the form of a stèle. At the same time three sculptures were created to commemorate the four clergymen from Lübeck that were killed by the fascists during the Second World War.
Eight sculptures were created on total, in Swedish granite and in steel.
I made two sculptures in granite:Sculpture for the “Way of the Cross,” placed on Gustav-Radbruck-Platz, Lübeck, Germany
Sculpture for the “Way of the Martyrs,” placed before the Lauerhof prison, Lübeck, Germany.
Every year the cultural organisation “Il Faro” organises a sculpture symposium in Reana del Rojale, near Udine. The place is situated in the north-east of Italy, a region that offers a big variety of beautiful stones. Artists from all over the world are invited to come and make a sculpture in one of the local stones .A very important event for the region of Friuli and for the artists.
This year I made a sculpture in Rosso Porfirico Verzegnis.
“Artisans working in Marble” historical photograph, Pietrasanta, by Ilario Bessi, from his book: “Il Marmo Ieri e Oggi.”
“Every block of stone has a statue inside”
That is what Michelangelo said. But how to get it out of that block? That has been a question for some time.
One way was to make a model and copy it into the stone. In the 17th century they worked with frames which were put on top and beneath the stone. From these frames one could find the perpendicular lines and measure the volume that had to be taken off.
Later on the craftsmen started using compasses. By putting some main points on the stone they are able to take very precise measures that help to carve the form in the stone.
Both methods are still used today, but new techniques showed up.
Now we live in a very different period. We have robots to carve the stone. Computer guided machines cut the shape out of the stone. A new approach which opens new possibilities. It could, for instance, be easier to make multiples in stone sculpture, which is usually only done in bronze sculpture. And another important fact is that these special computer programs also offer us a way to keep records of cultural, historically important monuments.
One can feel the form inside the stone, but our eyes aren’t good enough to see until the shape of the stone starts to guide the eyes.
I make my sculptures in Pietrasanta, Italy.
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Hello everybody. My name is Karin van Ommeren and I am a Dutch sculptor working primarily in granite. My studio is in Pietrasanta, in Tuscany, Italy.
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