Monday, 4 June 2012

Ruby Tuesday – Placed On Pedestal


‘Mann’ by Stephen Balkenhol (1998)
at Borås International Sculpture Biennal 2012

2012-06-02 Skulpturbiennal, Kulturhuset, Bibliotek, GA-kyrkan

The artist, Stephen Balkenhol, was born in Germany 1957.

“He uses large blocks of timber to chisel out true-to-life men, women and animals, using a chainsaw and hammer. Balkenhol counters the classical ideal of elevated beauty. --- [His aim is] to break down the monumental aspect of figurative statues by placing the most ordinary men and women on pedestals – places that have normally been reserved for heroes and heroines.”


Reading this, I’m reminded of Psalm 8 in  the Bible:

What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet

Psalm 8 (King James verison)



Linking to Ruby Tuesday 2



  1. Love the enigmatic smile on this figure's face! And the stance seems firm, full of inner strength!

  2. A red pedestal is the best of all possible colors!

    Ruby, Blue, Yellow

  3. How very life-like! Great sculpture.

  4. now this one I like, the statue and the sentiment of the artist. super talented guy to do that from a block of wood.

  5. very nice statue, but i see also the women with red jacket in the first photo :-), visiting you on RT2, hope you could return visit me basketball hoop toy

  6. He looks so prim and proper :-) love it :-) Dropping by from RT2

  7. Very nice statue!
    My Ruby, please come and see when you get a chance.

  8. cool statue :) hope you can visit my My Ruby Tuesday here.


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