Corbel: Fat man with ears of corn

Corbel Eusebius Tower: man with ears of corn, copy in muschelkalk limestone

Corbel Eusebius Tower: man with ears of corn, copy in muschelkalk limestoneThe next corbel for the Eusebius Tower the head of a man holding ears of corn. The tuffstone original was a bit damaged and missed part of his nose. Before I started to cut him after new Muschelkalksteen I first got to plastiline clay his nose, so I had some idea of what I was about to make. Plastiline is clay that never hardens, so I can easily remove it again after work.

Theme and finishing

Corbel Eusebius Tower: man with ears of corn, copy in muschelkalk limestone

I do not know quite what the theme of these heads is; there are two women (with tulips and doves) and three men (with a falcon?, corn and owls). But in any case, the representation is consistent.

I carved the last man's head quite coarse to resemble the weathered head, but I finished this man with ears of corn with a coarse rasp to do justice to the smoother look of the original. As you can see the hands with the cornstalks all fall within a single large circular area. From there point on I could quite easily copy the major shapes with a template. These are very nice objects to carve, because I like the search for the character of the head in question. The whole thing has not much artistic pretense, which is actually sort of a given with architectural sculpture. Often there is a certain playfulness and not much pretension. I think it is unfortunate that we completely banned architectural sculpture from the street scene. Apart from a single project, for example, the Haarlem gable stone reliefs. More about corbels later!

 

Beeldhouwerijblog.nl is the blog of Koen van Velzen, sculptor in stone and bronze. Look up my website as well: beeldhouwerijvanvelzen.nl

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