What will save the Notre Dame? (2)

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A very short time frame (2)

So President Macron has announced that the cathedral should be rebuilt in five years. He has appointed a French general to run the whole operation and there has also been announced that there will be a competition for a new spire. I guess it will become something made of steel and glass, with a modern slightly pyramid-like shape… oh wait, where have I seen something like that before?

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…

Will the computer become the rescue for the Notre Dame? (1)

A disaster with far-reaching consequences

fire Notre Dame

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?

A very short time frame (1)

Notre Dame before 2019

Notre Dame before 2019. Photo by Daniel Vorndran / DXR, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

The French president announced Macron …Read the whole article…

Flying buttress figurine: A Foolish Maiden


A foolish maiden

flying buttress statue from the Eusebius Church in Arnhem: a Foolish Maiden

the old tufa sculptur

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.

Briefly, the story goes like this: …Read the whole article…

Noah and his ark: from tuff to limestone

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Noah new in MuschelkalkAfter the previous series of flying buttress statues for the Eusebius Church in Arnhem (read here more) 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…

Ardha Matsyendra in marble

For the exhibition at Statue of yoga pose Ardha Matsyendrasana in Carrara marbleKunst 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…

Cunning & Cheating.Inc

Jan Vermeer van Delft 014

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…

The weathering of tuff

The increased usage of Ettringer tuff

tufa capital at St. Stephen's church in Nijmegen

danger of falling parts

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…

A thorough dislike of measuring

day1-1tape measure

Long live the copyshop! The title of this post is obviously a bit exaggerated. A sculptor in stone can't avoid taking measurements every once in a while. …Read the whole article…

“The sculpture is already in there, you just need to take away the rest…”

Michelangelo awakening slave, The sculpture is already insideThe 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…

70 percent debris

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day 7-2. 70% debris day 7-1a 70% debrisOne 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…