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Stroll through the sculpture garden and let your imagination be stimulated by the extraordinary sculptures.

Sculpture garden & Studio

Work of De Houwer

You can admire the original sculptures in the sculpture garden of De Houwer in Groningen. Most of the sculptures on display are for sale. Of these sculptures, bronze or stone casts can also be made at your request. If, after visiting this website, you would like to visit this inspiring sculpture garden and the many works of art, we happily invite you to come and visit us in the Oldambt.

In the studio next to the house, the Dutch sculptor Hans Nipshagen teaches sculpting workshops all year. His didactic and pedagogic skills acquired in education, and his expert knowledge of stones and techniques are a special combination which has already been experienced by many visitors and participants.

It is also possible to spend several days at his camping dell’Arte and to enjoy the peaceful environment of the East of Groningen during hiking and cycling tours.


Work of De Houwer

Throughout the year, you can come and admire the many sculptures in our own sculpture garden.

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Sculpture garden

Antique sales

Are you looking for tasteful antique sculptures for your garden? Visit the sculpture garden of De Houwer in Groningen.

The temple sculptures, which can be sold as a pair, have been sculpted in sandstone and weathered beautifully. The height is respectively 210 and 160 cm. The charming Kariatide has been sculptured in granite. She is 180 cm high.

Are you interested in these sculptures? Transportation from Groningen can be arranged. The price is to be established at request: call 06-51072536 or email us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Online art viewing for art lovers

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The sculpture that forms the basis of probably all displays of man in the exhibition “Man centrally located in art” is the work of the sculptor Hans Nipshagen (1951), which he himself calls, alternately, “Mother Earth” or “Mother”. The sculpture shows the vulnerable foetus in the protecting uterus, the rough stone. Mother Earth is an old and widely used motif. In Greek mythology, her name was Gaia. She was the original mother, come into existence from Chaos. Chaos contained all four elements: Earth, Water, Fire and Air. The mother-earth-motif has already been found in the Stone Age and has spread throughout the world, from the Greeks (Gaia), the Romans (Terra Mater) and the Germans (Freya) to the Incas (Mama Pacha). Via the Egyptian Isis, the mother-earth-motif was transformed to the Virgin Mary in our western culture.

Hans Nipshagen, originally from the North Holland countryside, lived in Nieuw Roden for 32 years. Since 2007 he has been living in Borgsweer in the Jugendstil Wartumerhof. The sculpture garden is worth visiting. About his work, Hans explains: “The sculpture is hidden in the stone. You have to recognize it. I call it the soul of the stone.” The sculpture has to be liberated from the stone, like the unborn child has to liberate itself to step into the world. In 1969, the scientist James Lovelock introduced the Gaia hypothesis, a theory in which he imagined the earth with all living matters to be one vulnerable and thinking organism. From space, our earth appears to be a closed entity with a protective atmosphere which ultimately enables our life on earth. Hans Nipshagen’s sculpture can also be understood from this perspective. Gaia’s motherly love plays a large role in the ancient Greek stories. When the Cyclopses threatened her children, Gaia created iron in her womb, with which weapons could be made for defence. With this action, crime and violence came into the world. The discussed sculpture is a bronze cast of the stone-carved original.

Curious about the sculptures of Hans Nipshagen? Visit the sculpture garden of De Houwer in the Oldambt in Groningen.