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Belgian Blue Stone in art Holebecq
Martin Hollebecq Sculptor

Whether it is for the magnificent polish that it can take on, the infinite number of finishes or the strength of the surface of the raw material, Belgian Bluestone is a material valued by artists.

This natural stone, so rich can be worked in a traditional way or with modern tools.

Some sculptors, such as Elise Delbrassinne or Benoît Luyckx, work with it essentially in the form of landscaping, concentrating their creativity on the different shades offered by the stone after treatment.

Other artists work with bluestone in the round and concentrate their research on the forms and volumes.

Belgian Bluestone in raw form with its crust and drill holes has inspired famous artists such as Eugène Dodeigne or Florence Freson.

Certain sculptors like Félix Roulin combine the stone with other materials such as metal

Whether it is a monumental sculpture or in the form of small precious objects meticulously worked, Belgian Bluestone loves to be sculpted by artists who know how to express its grandeur.

Benoît Luyckx. Sculptor.
“I love this fossilised sedimentary rock, dense and hard, which resists external forces and which, through the opportunity to quarry large blocks, allows the creation of monumental sculptures. From the glistening fragmented black to the polished black (using traditional tools like drivers, burins, abrasives and especially the more current diamond disc) it gives me the opportunity to look at the contours, the textures, the different amounts of grey recalling various memories (the skin, fur, sand, water, mesh etc.). In a way I could invent myself a vocabulary, a graphic palette quite subtle, close to the drawing to capture the light, diffract it, and disperse it since according to its intensity and its different shadow plays, the sculpture changes appearance.”

“I have always loved going to the quarries in a spirit of adventure, to discover the place of extraction, in search of material. On the spot, there is a great intensity. I can sculpt in the open air and feel free to make all the noise and the dust involved in directly cutting the sculpture. This approach brings me closer as much to the material as nature. There, there is a special atmosphere, a certain contemplation. It is a sometimes hard environment, but at the same time with a human contact with the people who work there. All this creates a true dynamic. In my workshop in Paris, I create models, small pieces and the finishing of some sculptures created in the quarry.”