One of the nicest flying buttress figurines from the series 'Noah's Ark’ by Theo van Reijn was now ready to be copied: a Monkey. The creature has an endearing belly, skinny legs and a Big Smile on its snout. And a wig.
That my sawing machine after all of the welding- and tinkering can now cut so accurately is also clearly visible in the pre-cut block. It saves quite a bit of work.
The ancient figurines Eusebius Church are all sold for charity, by which a portion of the cost will be covered, at least. Such restoration is indeed not cheap, and this time 96 flying buttress figurines will be made alone. Not to mention the hundreds of other new parts for the tower and the church.
This monkey was immediately already tremendously popular at the auction, and I think his roguish smile is to blame.
Unfortunately, the pictures in this article are not so clear, because it was bad weather with very flat light when I finished the figurine.
But perhaps it is not a cheerful smile at all, but rather left snout of abdominal pain!
The original statue was made round so 1953. At that time there were many deer parks and zoos with a monkey cage, where you could feed the monkeys themselves. Especially on Sundays whole tribes bought a bag of peanuts, to "peanuts’ to feed the primates were a bit glum on a bare rock behind mesh. It is clear that the monkeys did not always receive a balanced diet, and it had to do that day with the peanuts they sometimes paper bag and all were thrown. On other days they will no doubt have gotten better food. I myself have, though that was 15 years later, vivid memories of the deer park, with ominous signs which said that plastic bags were not good for the damhertjes. "When you give the animals plastic, it is certain that soon no one lives anymore.’ Perhaps our monkey thereof bulging belly edema?