March 04, 2017

Huub Maas, Wonderen in specie/Miracles in mortar

As often happens, this art environment in the south of the Netherlands was demolished after its author died and his house was sold.

Life and works

Huub Maas (1934-2000) was a contractor and a mason living in Lierop, a village of some 2200 inhabitants in the province of Noord Brabant in the south of the Netherlands. 

His house, located in a wooded outer area of the village named Oeijenbraak, had a rather large garden which he in 1983 began to transform into an art environment.

As a building contractor he mainly had to do unimaginative straight masonry, but now he could create fanciful shaped masonry. which is not so much reflected in the little church he builded, but especially in the miniature mountain range with cascades, a Lourdes grotto and holy figures.

The site also had various structures decorated with mosaic, a large sculpture of a gilded lion on top of a boulder and trees with dozens of wooden clogs hang therein.

Maas has been active in decorating his garden for some sixteen years, untill he died in 2000.

After his death the house was sold. The new owners wanted a garden to their own taste, so in the summer of 2001 the site was cleaned up.

Some smaller builded structures were saved by family members and people living around were allowed to take away small sculptures and other easy to transport items.

The large structures however were demolished. except what once was the Lourdes grotto, which was kept as kind of a covered terrace.

* Entry of july 28, 2001 on website slaponline
* Entry (undated) on website Tallsay

Huub Maas
Wonderen in specie (Miracles in mortar)
Lierop, Noord Brabant, Netherlands

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