Klein-Schreuder Sculpture Garden


Will Coles: Street Art

coles270The last decade has seen the street art phenomenon explode across the world. Uncommissioned installations to some, illegal graffiti to others. Call it what you like, but it is seen as the most democratic art movement ever. From back alleys to up-market city galleries it has changed the way we access art. Names like Banksy, Basquiat and Haring are now major art investments, often worth millions of dollars.

Will Coles is seen as one of the main sculptural street artist provocateurs in the world. He recently moved from Sydney, Australia to Callosa d'en Sarrià (Alicante) and has been "installing" free art in the region and beyond.

His work can also be seen on the streets of Berlin, Hamburg, London, Paris, Barcelona and other major cities in different continents, but is also in major public collections in Australia and Europe. His work is made to be seen, not hidden in commercial galleries. Now that he lives here, he wants to exhibit here.

"The space at the sculpture garden really gives my bigger sculptures room to breathe," Will says. "But even if you can´t come, you can see my less-than-legal sculptures from Alicante to Barcelona."

Will Coles exhibits Street Art in the Klein-Schreuder Sculpture Garden until the 9th of April. The inauguration with a vino de honor is on the 26th of February at 11 am.

During the exhibition the smaller items can simultaneously be seen in the Fundación Frax in Albir.

Christmas Walk in the Garden

On Sunday December 11th from 12 to 13 p.m. we would like to invite you to a Christmas walk in the garden.

Christmas is the celebration of the light, even when it is dark inside us, the light will shine. A special event of hidden light is the ladder of Jacob which can be seen when the sun acts as a floodlight behind the clouds.

jacobMany artists have interpreted this phenomenon. The bronze statue Jacob's Ladder by Johanna Klein-Schreuder will be shown in the garden this day. During the walk other sculptures can also be viewed.

The Christmas walk will be preceded by a short Christmas meditation whereafter you will have the opportunity to light a candle or lay down any other symbol. After the walk a glass of wine will be served. The entrance is free, a donation will be appreciated.

This Christmas walk is organized in a cooperation between 'ZON Network' and the Klein-Schreuder Foundation. For more information, please contact Irene Godderij, tel. 682 463 744.

On Sunday December 11th from 12 to 13 p.m. we would like to invite you to a Christmas Walk in the garden.

More than 3500 Trees and Shrubs

pyrostegiaAgain it is autumn in the garden and again the big autumn rains keep us waiting. But the plants flowering in autumn do not seem too concerned: The Hibiscus in her soft rosé colour, the Pyrostegia venusta in light orange and the Chorisia insignis, a tree with large beige flowers. And last but not least the roses, both bushes and climbers, which revive when the summer heat is over.

This year it is the pergola's turn for a thorough maintenance. After ten years the climbers must either be replaced or cut back very deeply.

chorisiaDuring the last months we made a new inventory of the garden. Twelve years ago we counted 107 different varieties comprising 2060 specimens of individual trees and shrubs. Now we have 231 varieties and a total of 3525 specimens.

 

Marita Guardia

marita060Currently there is no temporary sculpture exhibition, but the nice weather allows us to show paintings in the garden. Marita A Guardia is a young Spanish artist who from 19th June till 31st July will be showing her art in a summer exhibition called The Colours of Nature.

For more information, please visit her Facebook page.

Puri Martinéz and Marion Geerts

Puri MartinézPuri Martinez and Marion Geerts are together showing their art in the Klein-Schreuder Sculpture Garden. The title of their exhibition is Transformación.

Puri was eighteen years old when she became interested in ceramics, but it took until she was thirty to decide to devote herself professionally to ceramics. She now has her own workshop and also gives instruction in pottery and decoration of porcelain in her workshop as well as in schools. She makes lovely figures of ceramics herself. In addition, she paints and in Archena many wall paintings of hers can be admired.

Marion GeertsMarion is Dutch but has lived in Spain since 1975. She worked as a guide and specialized in Roman and Carthaginian art. Her interest in art grew and she undertook painting. However, her interest now is mainly in ceramics and she makes wonderful dishes and reliefs.

Both Puri and Marion belong to a group of ceramicists called ‘El Taller’ in Murcia and the group has its own ovens. The art pieces are made of clay and are glazed at high temperatures.

Together they have contributed to many exhibitions in Murcia, both town and province, and in the coming years they intend to expand and further intensify their activities.

The inauguration is Sunday 3 April at 11:00 a.m. with a glass of wine and a piano solo by A. Muñoz de Sus. The entrance fee is € 3.

Spring!

The series of giant Styrofoam statues with a patina of marble powder created by Johanna is now complete. The series, Modern Times, is named after a film by Charlie Chaplin made in the 1930s. Modern with a wink! The reaction of visitors who have already seen them was firstly surprise and then a smile. Visitors also find the messenger on a drone amusing.

In addition, we have purchased a third statue from Antonio Imbernón. Unlike the previous two we have of his which are founded in cement, this one, called Hold on, is made of polymer. It has a marble powder patina.

Spring has arrived in the garden. The almond trees that flower on the bare branch have already finished blooming. The fig trees and the Granados have come out; the grapes and the mulberry trees that were pruned in winter are sprouting.

The birds have started preparing for the lay. Nests are built, especially in the Bougainville under the windows of the house where between the spines the cat and the dog need not be feared. Small birds, mainly sparrows, are coming and going. Also the Hoopoe, with his spectacular tuft, is a regular visitor.

Pop star with her model

Antonio Imbernon: Hold on

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Mediterranean Garden in Winter

erythrinaTraditionally we start pruning the roses on the 6th of January. Pruning is not really necessary in a Mediterranean climate, however, if you do not prune, the flowers will be very small. We prune to three to five sturdy branches each with three eyes. The mulberry trees are also pruned in January. We prune them in such a way that we get a nice shade in summer.

January also is the month most suitable for cuttings from certain types of roses, fig trees, bougainvilleas and pomegranate. The garden has been designed in such a way that flowers can be seen every month and in January the Erythrina caffra (see picture) and the Pyrostegia venusta are in bloom.

bougainvilleSince the time that the municipality of Benidorm (where we obtain the waste water for reuse in watering the garden) decided to build a waste water biotreater, this waste water no longer contains sufficient fertilizer and we have to add synthetic fertilizer.

We decided to use magnesium nitrate. Humans and plants use the same protein for their metabolism. In humans it is called haemoglobin, has an iron atom in its centre and facilitates the absorption of oxygen (O2) and the desorption of carbon dioxide (CO2).

In plants it is called chlorophyll, has a magnesium atom in its centre and facilitates the absorption of CO2 and the desorption of O2. The result of this use of fertilizer is fantastic - all the leaves are greener and larger.

You are very welcome to a nice winterwalk in a garden decorated with sculptures. We are open on Sundays from ten to two and on weekdays with an appointment by telephone. solandra

Autumn 2015

water300Hurrah, we got some rain, although it remains very dry. In a good year the garden gets some 500 to 700 mm of rain, in 2014 it was just 170 mm and in 2015 up till now 100 mm. The mm's are also called litres per square metre.

Fortunately the garden bought a connection to the irrigation system of the ‘Regantes de Benidorm’ already in 1998. We can now use unlimited amounts of recycled purified waste water of Benidorm. We take about 3000 cubic metres per year at a cost of € 270. The garden is automatically watered daily by a computerized system (see photo).

hibis300In autumn there is a lot to see in the garden. The weeds start growing again; we mow them to make them look like a lawn. The roses flower richer because of the autumn rains that will hopefully fall. The Hibiscus rosa-sinensas continues flowering with big beautiful flowers (see photo) and the oranges change colour from green to orange.

The Granados are harvested, just as the small Spanish red peppers, of which we have sufficient for a medium sized town (see photo). The palm trees are pruned, the Washingtonians have already felt the Stanley knife.

So far this year we haven't had a temporary art exhibition in the garden. Artists have become reluctant because very little is sold, however, in the garden there have always been some sales. Moreover we do not require any commission nor do we demand a work to remain with us if there were no sales.

peper250Visits by groups such as garden clubs, art clubs, walking clubs and school classes become increasingly popular. Groups are also welcome on week days. After a slowdown in the hot vacation months the first group visits for September have already been announced. Groups often bring their own coffee or lunch to savour in the open air.

We emphasize that also small groups can visit the garden on week days by prior arrangement through telephone or e-mail.

 

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