Hans Mes | 蜜蜂和蜂巢
Hans Mes | Fishes Roundabout
荷兰 Netherlands


The artwork "Bees and Honeycombs" refers to the idea of building a healthy and coherent environment. Kunming is striving to build such a community. Honeycombs symbolize the old villages which suffered for tens of years under the causes of pollution. With the big cleanup of Dianchi Lake, establishing a healthy and clean environment, Kunming brings back the symbolic honey to become the sweetest environment represented by those ancient villages. The bees of the sculpture represent all the various people involved who put strong efforts into this enormous operation, which already shows effects in many aspects. Hans Mes' artwork visualizes the people of Kunming who act, much like bees, in close cooperation to make Dianchi Lake a nationwide and international attractive scenic spot with a bright future.

Hans Mes生于1950年,出生地为荷兰Utrecht, 1973-1979 进修于Groningen, Minerva  Academy Of Arts,毕业后获得雕塑设计和纪念碑设计双学位。他的作品除了包含了纪念碑的大型雕塑项目外,还包括了一些小的雕塑、浮雕、肖像和纪念章的创作。

Hans 通常从收集与雕塑地点有关地信息开始他的创意。之后他会把用数码科技模拟好的作品附加在放置地点的图片上。这样他可以从不同的角度去观察地点周边环境和其作品地塔配性,除去塔配性,融合性和空间性同时也是他考察作品的表现力的标准之一。


Hans Mes (born in Utrecht, 1950) studied at the Groningen Academy of Arts ('Minerva') from 1973 to 1979, where he graduated in two disciplines: sculpting and monumental design. His work comprises not just monumental projects, but also small sculptures, relief’s, portraits and medals. 

On top of this, he writes poems and paints watercolours. Hans Mes starts his design process by gathering all the information he feels is relevant to the place where the sculpture is to be placed. He captures the intended location and digitally projects the sculpture onto the images of this location. This allows him to view the sculpture in its specific surroundings from all angles. He also assesses the expressiveness of intrinsic and spatial aspects. 

Only then does he determine which materials and techniques will best capture the essence of the design. Because of this approach, he does not only make bronze and/or stone sculptures but he also uses copper, wood, steel and water. His workshop is geared to a lot of different techniques and includes a bronze foundry; here he works full time on commissioned works of art worldwide. By carrying out each work of art personally, Mes emphasises that technical shaping the properties of materials involved is the sculptor’s spatial handwriting to create meaning by sculpture. Hans Mes himself characterizes his art as visible symbols of things invisible.