A Desperate Monk, Reading (flying buttress figurine)

A Desperate Monk, Reading, Copying the statues

copying the Monk


The next flying buttress statue in the series for St. Eusebius's Church was a man in a monk's habit, reading a book and desperately grasping his forehead. The old tuffstone sculpture was pretty heavily weathered at the surface, but the stone underneath was still fairly sound. However, no warranty can be given that this will remain so in 20 more years and that before that time no parts will come tumbling down. That's why all these sculptures are being replaced now. They all sit on the flying buttresses of the church, with most of them looking upwards, and under strong influence of all weathers.

A Desperate Monk, Reading, old weathered tuffstone statue

old tuffstone statuette

A Desperate Monk, Reading, Presawn image

Monk has been presawn

What on earth is a monk doing on Noah's Ark?

I was wondering what a monk would be doing among all those animal figures, because in all likelihood monks didn't exist yet in the days of Noah. Speculating, I think there are two reasons for including this character in the series: either it represents the priests of those days who foresaw the disaster in their prophecies but saw no way out, or it stands for all those people, mainly priests and monks, who read the Bible in the past centuries and pondered about the reason for this disaster, the nature of man and the reason why God intervened.


presawing stone sculptures in the snow

presawing in the snow

As you can read in in a previous message I had presawn all the figurines of flying buttress no. 4 in the cold and snow, so I could quickly proceed with the next one. This figure is due to its shape a bit more work than for instance a Razorbill, a Capercaillie or an Elephant, but the details make it a nice topic to carve. I finished the habit with a toothed chisel stroke, and the hands, feet and head with a flat chisel. I tried to retrieve as many details as possible and copy them exactly, except that I've added some lines for pages in the book and carved a hint of nails on fingers and toes. Because of the lighter stone it's now much clearer what it represents.

A Desperate Monk, Reading, new limestone statue

the copy in new Muschelkalksteen

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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