Kim Nielsen, 36, lives in Denmark. Although his day job has him working on roofs, his passion lies in concrete. “My interest in working with concrete came when I wanted to build a waterfall for my raccoon. I went on a weekend course where I learned more about concrete and ever since I’ve had an interest in creating figures that are different and unique,” says Nielsen.
This figure symbolizes the soul in an old tree, shown in the form of a human face. One of the biggest challenges was getting the size of the face as accurate as possible. “My 10-year-old daughter helped by allowing me to draw her silhouette on a piece of paper; it helped to get everything symmetrical.” After the drawing, Nielsen measured the face and transferred the numbers to Styrofoam. “I spent several hours preparing the Styrofoam, which the figure is built on, ensuring the correct welding and thickness.” He used fiber lights in the moss around the tree to give it a more mysterious look and made a light source inside the figure. When all the practical work was done, he began to lay the concrete on the figure and created the old look. Nielsen notes that creating an old look is a part of the work he particularly likes. Next came the coloring, which also was a challenge because wood has so many different colors and shades. “The wood colors were supposed to be completely yellow, with green bark. But when the red leaves came to stand as a powerful contrast, I chose to paint it all dark brown. Then I started to paint the wood with a dry white paint to make it look old and worn out,” says Nielsen. In total, Nielsen spent 40 hours and 110 pounds of concrete creating the “Tree With Soul.”
“I enjoy challenging myself and my creative side. I love to create and then tell the story I have felt during the process.” Creating these concrete figures is only a hobby at the moment, but Nielsen has such passion and desire for this work, he dreams that it could one day be a full-time job. For more details about Nielsen’s work, visit www.betonfigure.dk