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The metamorphosis of rock is a transformation under the influence of temperature or pressure. This creates so-called metamorphic rock.


A metamorphosis of rock into soul goes by another name: Jürg Stäheli.


Jürg Stäheli is a grand master of rock art. His hands impart an almost magical liveliness to the rock so that it touches your spirit and your soul.



  Jürg Stäheli, born in 1954, raised in Mammern at Lake Constance.

  Training as a stone sculptor.

  Several sculptures and tombstones nationally and intenationally.

  Courses in nude figure drawing and sculpturing at the School of Applied Arts in Zurich and St. Gallen.

  Started his own sculpture shop in 1980 in Stein (Rhine).

•  At the same time active as a freelance sculptor.

  Married and has three grown-up children.



“17 Islands”, sculpture consisting of nine parts - Gneiss - 210 cm x 150 cm x 15 cm



“17 Islands, detail



“17 Islands with snow



“Gate To Landscape, during creation - Dolerite  - 166 cm x 112 cm x 85 cm



“Gate To Landscape, sculpture, 2008 



“Gate To Landscape”, displayed on a meadow with apple trees in Kluftern



“Gate To Landscape”, Kluftern near Friedrichshafen at Lake Constance




“Gate To Landscape”, details



Jürg Stäherli takes his artistic confidence from several years of studies of past epochs of architecture, of the japanese tradition of dealing with plants and materials and from studying nature. 



Hornbeam 2005 in a stone pot made of dolerite



Hornbeam 2007 in a stone pot



Stone pot of diabase 1997, Size: 42 cm x 31,5 cm x 9,5 cm.


It is incredible that these pots were carved from stone. Their surfaces, shapes and charisma are absolutely on par with ceramic pots. The composition of tree and pot is perfect.



Stone pot of diabase, 2005, Size: 34 cm x 24 cm x 6,5cm



Bottom of the pot of diabase 2005



Stone pot of 2007, Maße: 32 cm x 25 cm x 5 cm



Pomegranate, 2006 - stone pot of diabase



Pomegranate, 2008 - stone pot of diabase



Zelkova carpinifolia in a stone pot of diabase



Zelkova carpinifolia in a stone pot of diabase



Zelkova serrata in a stone pot of dolerite



And now for your viewing pleasure some more works of art of high perfection.



“Iceberg Water”, sculpture, 2005, Dolerite, Size: 40 cm x 25 cm x 20 cm



“Iceberg Water”, detail



„House Symbol”, sculpture, 1995, alpine limestone, size: 33 cm x 28 cm x 20 cm



„House Symbol”, sculpture, 1995



„House Symbol”, sculpture, 2008, boulder, size 9 cm x 6 cm x 5 cm



„House Symbol, sculpture, 2008



„Island”, sculpture, 2005 - Serpentine, size: 16 cm x 15 cm x 4 cm



„Cliff”, sculpture, 2006 - diabase, size: 58 cm x 20 cm x 10 cm



„Cliff”, sculpture, 2004 - serpentine, size: 80 cm x 56 cm x 11 cm



„Cliff, detail with snow



„Drift Ice, sculpture, 2007 - dolerite, size: 144 cm x 33 cm x 10 cm



„Watershed, sculpture, 2005 - diabase, size: 116 cm x 50 cm x 19 cm



„Watershed, detail



„Study Watershed”, sculpture, 2005 - serpentine, size: 30 cm x 22 cm x 11 cm



„Study Watershed”, with milk



Peter Krebs


All photographs and text for photographs: Jürg Stäheli

All bonsai and pots from Jürg Stäheli's collection



Translation: Stefan Ulrich

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