Chris Peterson FRSS / Sculptor | News

On the 15th of December 1944, the city of Zwolle was bombed, sending a shockwave through the city. The area most effected by this bombing will commemorate this historic event this year, as 75 years have passed by. Chris will make an intimate memorial sculpture that will honor the five people who died during the bombings and those effected by it in other ways.



The sculpture ‘In search of a ceiling’ was temporarily installed in the town square of Fontanarosa. It will remain in the square for the coming months and will be permanently installed afterwards in its final location, the museum park.



A new work titled ‘ In search of a ceiling’ will be made for the Italian town of Fontanarosa. Chris will make the marble sculpture this coming May in Italy. The artwork will be a small space that one person can enter. It depicts a place in time, a place we consider ‘home’ in that moment. What determines the idea of ‘home’? Walls without traces, without any recollection of living, are witnesses of space but not of the lives shaped by it and vice versa. I want to create walls without traces on the outside, on the inside, the walls show a collection of prints as if we were searching for a ceiling, a roof to complete the feeling of ‘home’. The traces are made solely on the inside. You have to investigate the sculpture and enter it. Not act on your first impression and assume there is nothing to see. Like many seemingly uninteresting environments, it’s the ideas and thoughts that surface in reaction to the space, that color it. The sculpture will measure 220 (h) x 125 x 125cm.




Chris recently visited Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt to install his work on one of the marble pedestals as part of a new memorial which commemorates all innocent lives lost during terrorist attacks. 72 sculptures from 72 different countries were installed in a scenic location just outside of the town. President al Sisi did the honours of unveiling the memorial on the 3rd of November.

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Chris was invited to be part of the World Youth Forum in Sharm el-Sheik in Egypt. Together with 195 other countries, this event will discuss various topics from arts and culture, leadership to sustainability. Chris was asked to represent The Netherlands. Chris will send a sculpture  to be part of a permanent exhibition in the city.




Chris developed the idea for the XYZ-Area some years ago. Now, years later, it is becoming reality. Chris collaborates with Nynke van der Wal, director of the Creatieve Cooperatie, on the project.  The XYZ-Area will become an integral part of the Creatieve Cooperatie yet upholding a distinctive identity of its own.

The XYZ-Area will become a place for art, design, architecture and urban developments in the heart of Zwolle. The activities unfolded there will have a particular focus on spatial interventions in the broadest sense of the word. From studios for making large scale works, an exhibition space and a place for debate, to an internationally orientated Artist-in-Residency. It will provide professionals and students who’s main interest is the creative industry, with a specific focus on spatial interventions, a suitable and challenging environment.

The area behind the building currently used by the Creatieve Cooperatie ( a multidisciplinary building with small businesses from various fields within the arts & culture industry) will be transformed into the XYZ-Area.

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Mangfal river reinstalls sculpture

14 Sep 2017, Posted by chris in Uncategorized

The 3 ton granite sculpture was installed in the Mangfall river without fixating it to the riverbed. I decided not to do so and see how the river would play with the sculpture over the course of time. Although I was expecting the sculpture to move, I wasn’t prepared for the sculpture to submerge and resurface within a span of two weeks. Below a visual transcript of the process.


Chris just finished his latest work in the Moon Trickle series and it was the first time a sculpture of his was placed in a river. The stunning scenery and the beauty of the river made it such an inviting place for a sculpture to be placed. The 3 ton granite boulder which originated from the Black Forest area, was sculpted on location and placed in the river Mangfall in the far South of Germany.