Local Heart, Global Soul

June 30, 2020

Being Shown The Door…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

It’s my very last post from Hollandspoor train Station’s stunning Queen’s/King’s waiting room, which opened to the public especially for “Monumentendag” 2019.

This gives visitors a small glimpse at what lay behind the beautiful doors on the platform.

The WaitingRoom is usually closed, to protect and preserve the stunning handmade interior.

Now I am no longer sure when this historic site could be opened again, at least in 2020, unless a vaccine for the coronavirus can be found.

These beautiful wood panels, stair handles are not made for scrubbing tens-of-times a day, nor the fabric, handmade wallpapers and other items if the public don’t keep their paws where they should.

It’s been a privileged to have been shown around here.

I’m only disappointed that the tour is only given in Dutch, which more or less excludes non-Dutch visitors.

This additional exit door in the irregularly shaped baggage room was not one to which we were allowed entrance but it’s beautiful just the same.

It’s probably fitting that a door marks my final post here, my blog exits here to another topic, hopefully one that you enjoy as much as these ones.

January 17, 2020

Capturing Individuality Without Appearing Wooden…

There is a beautiful fireplace in one of the rooms of Freemason’s House in the Hague. I got to see this masterpiece in stone, tile, carved wood during an event called ‘Nationale Monumentendag’. This is a day / weekend where once a year these National Historic Places sites are open to the public. I had arrived here one hour too early by mistake, but they were kind and let me inside anyway, so for a brief time I could take uninterrupted photographs without having to wait for other people to move aside etc. (Yes, I told them about my blog and asked permission first). These carved wooden faces adorn the top area of the fireplace, the light was not optimal but it’s clear to see that these were probably carved with definite individuals in mind, and not just a “generic” Greek/historic figure as was sometimes the fashion. Each face has it’s own character and I can only attempt to capture their individuality as carefully as possible.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

September 22, 2019

Open …Or Closed?

Driving along the “dune” road of the Maasvlakte on a warm, sunny Saturday morning in August, Himself, Little Mr and I spot an unusual piece of wooden sculptural art. It’s cleverly structured so that it appears to change as you progress along the beach road, even looking like it has several solid panels at one point. It’s something that stands out  if viewed from one location, but at other times it almost melts into the dunes. The natural wooden timbers  and curved top lines blending in so well that despite it’s size it can be difficult to spot at a distance. It’s certainly a landmark (when it can be seen) and I’m delighted to see the use of natural materials.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

August 29, 2019

A Skinny Tree And A Fox…

I’ve come to the very last post from my 2017 Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition visit. It’s not a sand sculpture near the entrance of the exhibition that catches my eye though, it’s a wood carved sculpture. In the absence of a name plate or information board I have nick-named this piece the “Skinny Tree” and it features more beautifully carved birds, and at the top: a Fox! (not quite what I expected!) Thus this series of posts come to an end, with a twist that appears to the hallmark of the creator of these wood carvings.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

August 28, 2019

Swinging Into The Brutal Facts Of Life…

I’m following yesterday’s post with the last of the “Owl Tree” wood carvings. This one maintains the strange juxtaposition of ideas in this piece, on one level it’s clearly a swing for very young children to play on, on the other hand the subject matter of the carving is not exactly age appropriate, child friendly material. I

n this piece we have had the hunted rabbits in the burrow (“The Owl Tree, And…”) at the base, and now, further up, we see a startled group of birds in terror, fleeing their perches higher up in the tree. Closer inspection reveals that this too is a predator/prey subject, and that a fox is the cause of the birds frantic exit.

Once again I don’t find the subject matter restful, particularly enjoyable or in any way appropriate as an accompaniment to play equipment for very young children. Surely the creator of this piece must have at some point entertained the idea that for a good percentage of children, this would be a very upsetting theme? I fully realise that we can’t sugar-coat nature, the food chain and the circle of life, but when and how we introduce these hard facts to children young enough where a swing in the back yard is their greatest joy and entertainment, must surely be more carefully considered?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

August 27, 2019

The Boar, Owl And Bird Of Prey…

The next of the 2017 Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition wood sculptures features the pieces that made me give it the nick-name the “Owl tree”. Not only has a magnificent owl been carved into a hollow in this large tree stump, there is also a wild boar at the base and an eagle (or bird of prey) spread out in full flight on a different side. Bird lover that I am, this is still not really to my taste, but this does not detract in any way shape or form, the creativity and detail that has been achieved here. You could say that there is inspiration from top to bottom, in every nook and cranny and soaring over wherever this sculpture stands.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

August 26, 2019

Mr. Woodpecker! …Don’t Nibble There!!!

Following yesterday’s post about the wooden sculpture that I have nick-named the “Owl-tree”, I am now looking at some of the features that are included on some of the other parts of the piece. This all about the swing, and it’s own quirky elements. On the swing seatis a woodpecker, complete with a tiny nibble out of the seat. On the top is an animal that I first thought was a fox, but closer inspection might actually maybe be a weasel or stoat.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

August 25, 2019

The Owl Tree, And…

This next post is about one of the large wooden sculptures. It’s a complex piece so I’ll make several posts about it. The first part that puzzles me is that there is a swing on it, but a closer inspection reveals certain details that I am not sure are really “child friendly” for the age of child that enjoys swinging on swings.

Small children would probably be rather upset to see this large part of the log where two rabbits cower at the end of their burrow whilst a fox advances towards them intend on making them his next meal. I’m not disputing that it’s been amazingly carved, I am just scratching my head about the choice of subject matter in a small kids play area.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

August 24, 2019

Someone Is Sleeping On The Job…

The 2017 Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition has some unusual wooden sculpture pieces too. This one is of a gnome atop a post, and beneath are mushrooms and another gnome sleeping in a deckchair. It’s an “interesting” piece for a garden and not personally my style but I am certain there are many people who will adore it.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

August 23, 2019

A Series Of Solo Pieces…

The Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition of 2019 had many wooden sculptural pieces at its entrance, so I have been taking a closer look at them. These were solo pieces…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The laws of nature are harsh… like for this fox, but that’s life in the natural world, and after all everyone in the food chain deserves to eat.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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