“Spirit of Wood”

By Jan-Carel Koster

Spirit of Wood

This wooden sculpture called “The Spirit of Wood” was made on location on behalf of the Utrechts Landschap at Stoutenburg Castle – 2011

Technical Information

Material:  Beech
Origins:  The Netherlands

The idea behind the sculpture

Jan-Carel explains:

“750 years ago (1252), the first and original Castle “De Stoutenburg” was built by Willem van Amersfoort on the site where the Stoutenburg estate now stands. Now 2 Castles further, the estate still exists and is inhabited by a Franciscan environmental movement (related to the Franciscan monks who have always lived there before).
This environmental movement is concerned, among other things, with growing organic products on their estate. They also stand side by side with nature and religion. For example, they believe that trees and plants have feelings. It is precisely this aspect that I want to focus on because the trees used for my sculptures are actually dead trees in their eyes.
The living trees are in the forest, behind the sculpture opposite the castle. On the edge of the forest where its energy is clearly palpable, I create the sculpture, The Spirit of Wood.”
So basically the spirit of the forest, or wood. And precisely because I work a lot with wood, I think it is a tribute to the wood to make this.”


Force of nature

With this sculpture Jan-Carel wants to release the energy flows that exist in the forest behind it, he lets the flows of the wood or trees go their own way as a driving force so that anyone who wants to see and feel this can receive this energy.


Are you interested in having a bespoke artwork made for you? There is a wide variety of possibilities, from type of wood used, dimensions and personalizations. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Jan-Carel to find out what’s possible.

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