Four grotesques in Amsterdam-2

Three times a Grotesque in Udelfanger sandstone, copy and weathered originals…Read the first post about this project here←


The four ferocious heads I reported on last week are finished. Below are some pictures. These facade ornaments were carved quite freehanded at the time, which is why I have reproduced the same chisel strokes in the copies. The heads will function as the top stones in a few window arches, underneath a stone frieze. An exception is the lion's head, which has only an ornamental function. Soon a video report on the carving of one of the heads will follow.

A trail of crumbs

When I saw the first pictures of the originals, I was afraid I would recieve a handful of crumbs in a box. I know this stone: Udelfanger is well resistant against all weathering, but after so many hundreds of years of wind and weather, it finally starts to give in. Its surface starts flaking off, the stone itself starts to wash out in places where a lot of water passes, and then everything increasingly crumbles down. Once you need to take the piece down from the facade, it's not surprising that more pieces will break off, even by just taking hold of it. Fortunately, the stonemasons who disassembled it still managed to save most of it. Which meant I was able to reconstruct it for the most part. Some things will, without any additional reference material, always remain unclear how it was at the time. It is therefore a sensible decision to preserve the originals and return a copy to its place, while the data is still readable.

Grotesque in Udelfanger sandstone, copy

Grotesque in Udelfanger sandstone, copy

lion's head (Grotesque) in Udelfanger sandstone, copy

copy grotesque in Udelfanger sandstone, Amsterdam

Grotesque in Udelfanger sandstone, original and copy is the blog of Koen van Velzen, sculptor in stone and bronze. Look up my website as well:

One response to “Four grotesques in Amsterdam-2

  1. Albert Kraan wrote:

    Nice work Koen.

    Sandstone Sandstone processing has been banned since the Law 1951 Because of it silicosus risk from the dust.
    Today there to be taken and measures before the law should be changed so that sandstone can be processed again as super durable building material.

    I use an environmentally friendly exhaust system plus a Paftec Clean Space resperator to dust (dry grinding and sawing). http://WWW.PAFTEC.COM.AU
    (I Verders nothing to do with this company but the most comfortable and compact wireless resporateur market and your glasses fogging for something like € 370)

    A little squirt water before chopping it really is not enough to quell the Sandstone Law. Heels gives food that you often do not see.
    Wet cutting and grinding does not matter anyway and is harmless to the environment and human.

    Keep up the good work Koen ?

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