Franeker/Frjentsjer has got a ‘hortus botanicus’ too. Dating from the University-era perhaps? In any case, there is a very beautiful wooden statue in that garden. The interesting explanatory text reads: 'Renate - a transformation. The view of a famous sculptor was that a statue that one sees has been present in the lump of marble for centuries. All the sculptor had to do was make it appear.
This view appeals to me very much because not only the viewer but also the maker is constantly confronted with a certain astonishment. Surprised at what's there. The process of looking, chopping, gouging and sanding gradually creates someone you've never seen before. As a sculptor you may be guided by an example, the correct proportions of someone, the beautiful lines, the quiet appearance, but it never becomes a copy of that example, in my case at least. The interest in the other, which was already contained in the wood and could emerge, has willingly and knowingly gained the upper hand in the making process.
Then there is also the desire to show respect for the material in which it was contained. The mighty chestnut(tree) that, soft as butter and white as the inside of a chestnut, can be worked well. The beautiful composition(?) in the wood, but also the existing decay of the tree. The layers affected by fungi, which can sometimes be followed as beautiful pencil-like lines, at other times as dark brown flames.
So my images still show something of their origin, the tree that was and now shows something else of itself. No longer the overwhelming size, the beautiful and impressive crown of leaves. No more the history that took it with it in its fateful fall. But that which no one in his lifetime could see and until now lay silently hidden, waiting.
The October storm of 2013 gave rise to this statue that aims to be a tribute. A tribute not only to Renate (literally 're-born'), who was the model, but also to the chestnut(tree) that every Franeker in the (Sjaerdema-)park has been able to admire for years, some of them all their lives. And let's not forget the green municipality men, who daily ensure that we can continue to enjoy all the green life around us.
The tree became wood, the wood became statue. By giving her back to the elements of nature, Renate's statue will first turn grey and gradually black, in order to merge back into her natural environment.
Bob van der Werff, 2016’
THIS WEEK’S STATISTICS.
Engine ran this week 1,7 hours (102 minutes): only on Wednesday – and yesterday (Saturday)
to turn, cruise back (all in reverse) to take in water and change sides for more shade.
Generator this week 0,0 hours (0 minutes) up
till now, Sunday 8:19PM.
Weather: summer sometimes hot, acceptable most of the time. Hardly any rain, to non at all.
Hope to see you all again next week!