The Londenweg sculpture was commissioned by Waterweg Wonen, and made by Multi-dimensional Sculptor Jan-Carel Koster in Dolomite stone.
Measurementes: H. 300 x W. 400 x D. 400 cm
The background story
“The first and largest sculpture is placed at the place where one enters the neighborhood and where the sculpture is clearly visible, even for non-residents who take the road to go to the health center, for example. It is on the corner Copenhagenweg, exit Londonweg, Bernweg.
The idea behind this sculpture shows a small piece of history of the “Holy” district and London in a 3½ meter high rock in which a sculpture has been made by hand. The image has the following background;
Because the location where the statue will be placed is a kind of access road to the neighborhood, I have symbolically depicted this by fragmentarily depicting the entrance gate of the “Holy Castle” with the clock part of Big Ben in London behind it. This clock symbolically represents our present time, but also has a reference to the past because the position of the hands represents the exact angle of that of Vlaardingen – Greenwich and the 0 meridian. Greenwich is a part of London through which the 0 meridian (the timeline) runs. This 0 point used to run through many other cities such as Paris, Madrid, Rome, Copenhagen, Jerusalem and St. Pietersburg. But ultimately in 1884 it was decided at international level to run the 0 line through Greenwich. In the Netherlands we live in the time zone +1 GMT, so + 1 hour Greenwich Mean Time, which equates to 2:05 PM + 1 hour = 3:05 PM.
I think this reference to time is important to make people pause in thoughts of Time. And then I mean the past, lived time, but also the time that still lies ahead of us.
The archaeological finds in this district and in Vlaardingen itself show that the history goes back a long way. Archaeologists even talk about the Vlaardingen Period, which dates from 3500 – 2500 BC. used to be.
To connect all these facts and represent them in a sculpture, I chose to have the sculpture protrude half way out of the ground at an angle, making it look as if it had just been found. The sculpture is slightly crooked and leans against an artificial hill. The front of the hill has already been partially excavated, revealing a small stone wall that symbolizes the old foundations of a lost building (a fragment of the Holy Castle).
The mound not only serves as a support for the sculpture, but also relates to the method of construction dating from 1100 – 1200 AD. Because the tower of Holy Castle was built without first digging a hole for a foundation. At that time, construction was done directly on ground level. When they had reached the right height to build the tower, the moats around the castle were dug out and this sand was thrown against the tower so that it looked as if the castle was on a hill. The hill near the sculpture is neatly sown with grass so that it is nicely integrated with the surroundings, but it still makes us think about the way of life and construction at that time.”
Dolomite, with its unique colors, patterns, and workability, is a popular choice for sculptors. It naturally occurs in a wide variety of colors like pink, white, brown and green and is a relatively soft stone, but it’s also quite a though stone to work with.
Are you interested in having a bespoke artwork made for you? There is a wide variety of possibilities, from type of (gem)stones used, dimensions and personalizations. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Jan-Carel to find out what’s possible.