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Christoph SpathBalance

Christoph Spath
Germany (1957)

Balance, 2002
granite and glass

The density and weight of African granite contrasted with the lightness and transparency of glass: thus, in this work we seek harmony between the natural and the artificial. Granite and glass, in fact, are both composed of quartz; glass, however, must be worked and shaped by man to take on its final appearance.
The main body of the sculpture was created in Pietrasanta, while the 400 kilos of glass – with which the artist alludes to the inner life or soul – come from nearby Siena and the different colours of the granite were specifically chosen to harmonize with the palette of the surrounding nature. Finally, the different textures and surface treatments highlight the contrast between the natural appearance and the artistic intervention.
The sculpture faces south, positioned on a hill which allows maximum illumination of the glass insertion during the day. The artist thus aims to arouse a sense of balance in the viewer: the mind can wander and absorb the beauty and diversity of the surrounding environment as if it were one with it.

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Christoph Spath
Germany (1957)


Christoph Spath was born in 1957 in Stuttgart, Germany. He studied architecture and subsequently sculpture in Aachen and Duesseldorf, Germany. In 1981 he relocated to the US and settled in Vermont in 1982. During the following 15 years he worked in his own studio at Vermont Marble Exhibition as a stone sculpture and carving teacher.
In 1997 he headed the newly formed Stone division of the Johnson Atelier in Mercerville, New Jersey, where he mentored young artists in exploring the full potential of advanced stone working technology. His experience spans more than 25 years of working as an active artist, combined with teaching, project management and software development.
Spath’s sculptures are mainly carved in stone, often combined with glass and light. They are exhibited widely in the United States and Europe.



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