David Vanorbeek (BE)
Born in Louvain Belgium on 30 December 1968, David Vanorbeek is a professional sculptor. He lives and works with his wife, Natalie Magnin (a textile artist) and their two children, in Southern France, at the Château de Lagravade, a 19th-century castle nestled amid the green of Aquitaine, between Bordeaux and Toulouse, where they have a permanent sculpture park and a luxury bed & breakfast. Self-taught in both art and metal treatment, Vanorbeek has been working as an artist since 1999. His abstract and figurative sculptures are made with recycled metals. His work is gradually acquiring greater and greater international acclaim.
Le cercle carré
This piece was created in 2010 and measures 280 x 280 x 100 cm. It is made of welded recycled metal and weighs approximately 500 kg. The artist always works with metal that he either finds or that people bring to him. Le Cercle Carré is made up of 2,000 pieces that have been cut and welded anew. As the artist says, “My monumental works force people to open their eyes to see and appreciate nature and our environment. They are monumental pieces to be seen as small gems by the mother of all mothers, Mother Earth”.
At Prat del Colat (La Massana), near the René Müller work “Niu”.
A sculpture created in 2006, measuring 250 x 200 x 150 cm. It was built with recycled galvanised wire [-] from the vineyards of Southern France, a material that tends to rust with the pesticides that are used. This sculpture weighs approximately 100 kg. It represents a Praying Mantis, insect that in Catalan is also called “pregadéu” (Praying God), because its usual position, with the body facing up.
The backdrop chosen by the artist is the space in front of the Chapel of Sant Jaume dels Cortals (Encamp). This is an ideal place, as the name of the sculpture is related with the prayer purpose of a chapel. Moreover, just a few steps away sits the sculpture titled “Pagan Place”, by Michael Warren.
Built in 2013, this is a large piece (350 x 350 x 350 cm) made of welded recycled metal and weighing approximately 1000 kg. According to the artist, in today’s modern times, this work is conceived as a location marker, a “where you are” symbol, as a sort of geolocation marker. Its location on the Montaup road, next to the permanent sculpture “Estructures autogeneradores”, by Jorge Dubon, reinforces the visibility of both.
At Montaup road, next to permanent sculpture “Estructures autogeneradores”, by Jorge Dubon.