Wenenweg Sculpture

By Jan-Carel Koster

Bespoke sculpture

Sculpture made by sculptor Jan-Carel Koster on behalf of Waterweg Wonen for the Hoofdstedenbuurt Vlaardingen.

Technical Information

Material:  Diabase
Measurementes:  H. 250  x W. 140 x D. 120 cm

Explanation of the sculpture

Jan-Carel explains:

Vienna and Paris

“This sculpture is made in Diabase, a beautiful hard dark green stone. The sculpture is located at the bottom of the Vienna flat located on Parijslaan in Vlaardingen. This sculpture is about Vienna and Paris with some well-known landmarks, especially Vienna. The sculpture stands directly on the ground in the grass, so that the visitor at eye level can feel identified with the sculpture and its story and can be easily touched.”


“If you delve a little deeper into the history of Vienna, you will soon see a few important details emerge, such as the many different wars and revolutions. Including Napoleon’s largest and last won battle, “De Wagram” in 1809. And the “Crystalnight” in 1938 in which almost all synagogues in Vienna were destroyed. Thinking back to Napoleon; the sculpture is located next to Parijslaan, under the Vienna apartment building. The link between Paris and Vienna is precisely the largest battle that took place between these 2 peoples. A reference to this can be found in Paris itself, where the “Avenue de Wagram”, “Place de Wagram” and the metro station “Wagram” are named after this battle. The battle took place just below Vienna, which is why the sculpture was placed at the bottom of the Vienna apartment building. Returning to the wars in general that Vienna has experienced, I have created a beautiful organic end to the sculpture in an excellent part at the top left that should remind us of a “lance” or “spear”.”


“But in my experience it is mainly the music that predominates in Vienna. Just think of the composers Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss and so on, they lived and worked here. Recognizable points in the sculpture are the shape of the Harp, but also the curls that are reminiscent of the ringlets that people wore as wigs at the time. The harp shape continues smoothly in these so-called curls, but they are also reminiscent of organ arrows that were frequently used at the time, also because of religious beliefs. Both aspects can be found in the sculpture.”


jan-carel searching rock


Diabase is a beautiful hard type of stone that is ideal for creating a sculpture in public spaces. Not only for its quality, but also for its color. The stone comes from the south of Germany, where a vein of approximately 800 km is hidden in the ground. There used to be many quarries that mined this stone, but nowadays there is only 1 open quarry that mines this stone. Unfortunately, little thought is given to the sculptors.

Technical aspects

Parts of the sculpture have been worked out with the chisel, leaving the order strokes visible. Other parts have been finished with a file and other parts have been completely or partially polished. This creates a beautiful color shade and depth in the sculpture that brings it to life.

close-up-wenenweg sculpture


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.



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