All very remarkable. A number of well-informed decisions to be taken are pushed through quickly without discussion or consultation, and deploying the military renders the freedom to bypass a lot of rules. For yes, there will be needed a huge flow of materials (for the roof alone, more than 1300 thick straight oak trees are needed, and wherever would you get these from on such short notice? Fortunately …Read the whole article… →
photo by Wandrille de Préville – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons
After some time, this will be old news already, but for now, this remains fresh in everyone's memory: a huge fire made the roof of Notre Dame in Paris collapse, on 15 april 2019. During the current restoration a fire broke out somewhere around the base of the spire, which, along with the rest of the roof, burned down and partly fell on the scaffold, and partly on the vault beneath. Part of the ceiling collapsed. All technical terms which I will explain later on. It surprised me how much I was shocked by the first television pictures of the burning cathedral. It is again clear that this is not just any French church somewhere , but an iconic place that belongs to the heritage of the world. Yet it is strange that the fire in this building evokes more emotions than a war or a famine on television. It's ultimately only a material object that was made for mankind. Is the human being then not more important?
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Notre Dame before 2019. Photo by Daniel Vorndran / DXR, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons
Of the flying buttresses which we are now working on, each have their own theme. There are seven trumpet angels, people who represent the Beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount, a group of Wise Maidens and this sculpture from the last arc depicts a Foolish Maiden.
After the previous series of flying buttress statues for the Eusebius Church in Arnhem (read heremore) it has been quiet at my studio for a long time -with regards to the work on the Eusebius church at least. Funding had been allocated for its restoration, but before it's finally on the bank account of the church, apparently a lot of water first needs to pass under the bridge. But now that all suffering is over with, I can speed along with the work on a series of flying buttresses on the north side of the church. …Read the whole article… →
For the exhibition at Kunst en Kastelen (Art and Castles) I also carved a statue in white marble: Ardha Matsyendra. It's a lady in a Hatha yoga posture, the Ardha-Matsyendrasana ie the half King of the Fish Pose. The sculpture is approximately 70 cms tall (and very heavy, as I noticed when installing it at Castle Gronsveld!) …Read the whole article… →
It's holiday time, and besides some paint work to my house I also have some more time to follow my interests. It must have to do with that paint job, that I'm totally fascinated by a documentary that I found on the internet. It's about an old discussion: When is something art and when not? Inspired by two books on the use of optics in art, entrepreneur and video expert Tim Jenison decides to initiate his own research into the use of a camera obscura by Johannes Vermeer. …Read the whole article… →
In the years I worked as a restoration sculptor I have often had to deal with statues and ornaments that originally were hewn in tufa and have weathered down over the years. In most cases, it was the so-called Ettringer tuff stone, which was used all over the Netherlands in the post-war years. …Read the whole article… →
The above statement is attributed to Michelangelo Buonarroti, and after that remark about that nose it must be the statement I heard the most often. Why people keep saying that is beyond me. It's actually never been funny. Many visitors might feel compelled to say anything meaningful or funny if they are confronted with sculptors. Sometimes it is not all that easy to imagine how someone makes a sculpture. …Read the whole article… →
One is often not aware, but when carving a statue from a block of stone, only a small part of it remains. I once calculated that very easily 70 percent of the block is thrown in the skip, and sometimes even more than that. …Read the whole article… →