Examples of commisioned works
- The OLV-Chapel in Amsterdam
- Life-size Bronze Bull for Gosschalk & Zn. in Epe
- Glass room divider
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Glass, Stone and Steel for the OLVG Chapel
Situated next to the OLVG (Onze Lieve Vrouw Gasthuis), a major hospital in Amsterdam, is the Chapel (Het Huis van Stilte). A place of peace, solace, light, and serenity that stands in stark contrast to the busy surroundings of daily city life. The commission to design and create coloured glass windows, a memorial monument, a memorial urn with stone pedestal, and a bronze relief wall sculpture for this classic stone building was awarded to Monica in 2009. This long term commission provided the unique opportunity to combine different techniques and materials for works with connected themes.
The starting point for this project was Monica’s decision for the windows to stand in service to the functions of the Chapel. She created the windows to be inviting, light filled, and as a foundation of wholeness. Her designs employ the Catholic colour system that incorporate white, golden yellow, purple, and blue. Each of the three windows has a clearly designated space (located in the sanctuary and apse), and are matched in colour and form to their placements: the main altar, the baptismal font, and the Madonna altar. Centrally representative of communication and guidance is the main altar, the baptismal font expresses the celebration of new life, and the Madonna altar represents lovingness and solace. The respective colours and forms are purple with vertical flow for the main altar, white with golden yellow figures as growth and life for the baptismal font, and blue with a softened encircling form for the window of the Madonna altar. To give the windows both interior and exterior functionality Monica chose a specially fused glass, giving the outside of the window a relief surface and providing an extra reflective quality on the interior side. By applying sand-etched patterns to the interior surfaces of the windows Monica brought them into harmony with the subtle colour tones of the Chapel.
See further the galleries Chapel windows, Monument, Urn and Painting with glass.
Chapel windows at the OLVG Hospital / Toogramen in de Kapel van het OLVG Amsterdam
Monument Zusters onder de Bogen
A monument to commemorate the founding, and 175 years of service, of the convent known as De Zusters onder de Bogen (Sisters under the Arches). Central in this monument are the old gravestones engraved with the names of many of the beloved nuns who gave service in Amsterdam. The arched forms, the pattern, and the colour of the glass, are references to the convent in Maastricht, and to the Catholic Church.
Urn of blown and fused glass on a specially designed, cross form, solid stone pedestal. The colours and forms of both the urn and pedestal reference the convent in Maastricht.
Painting with glass
Creating the windows at the glass studio Van Tetterode Glasobjecten in Amsterdam
Wall mounted bronze relief sculpture with polychrome patina for the OLVG Chapel
Bull, a Spanish Toro – life size high relief for Gosschalk & Zn.
Bull Bronze Relief
Bronze relief sculpture presented as a gift by the staff of Gosschalk & Zn. on the occasion of the official opening of the company’s new business premises.