After this photo was taken, I added the polka dots and stripes on the shield signifying the color code for the gold and red of the Van Heeckeren's.
It was a very interesting assignment, because the coat-of-arms are usually very lively depictions. Because I like it when a relief has a little volume, this one was carved about twelve centimetres (five inches) deep; This gave me the chance to undercut parts such as the tail and two front legs and especially to carve the helmet very open and voluminous. As a result, there is a very clear distinction between light and darkness.
The relief was carved out of Bentheimer sandstone, type Gildehaus. It is 120 cms in diameter and a total of 20 cms thick, of which the relief itself has 12 cms of depth.