Wim ter Horst
Wim ter Horst was born in 1958. In October 2022 he retired and finally found time for his greatest passion, sculpting. For him, nature is both, a source of inspiration and a supplier of materials (wood, stone and bronze). He often uses half rotten root wood, preferably oak and beech roots. When he starts working on a piece of root, he first removes the soft wood and then often does not know what to make of it. The natural shapes largely determine how the result will look. For Wim ter Horst it is always an exciting search for the end result. When he is working with wood, he can hardly stop. As a lover and conservationist of nature, he always strives to work sustainably. That is why he tries to use as few harmful products as possible when finishing his work. Sculptures of which he thinks they might be placed indoors are finished with beeswax, while sculptures for outside use are rubbed with linseed oil or left untreated. For more than 40 years he has an untreated oak root stump outside on his property that has not yet rotted away. Oak wood only rots in moist soil. Above the earth it lasts really long time. Most of Wim ter Horst’s sculptures have been created without the use of machines, i.e. traditional manual work.