Ahimsa, the resting cow (recent project) 

Now on display at the beach Blijburg in Amsterdam, September 6 until September 30. 

‘Ahimsa, the resting cow’ is a travelling sculpture of a cow that radiates peace. To honor and thank the cow for giving so generously for many decades. And at the same time to refer to Mother Earth the foundation of our human existence. 

It arose to me to make a sculpture of a cow. ‘Ahimsa’ became her name.

Meaning Ahimsa (in short); nonviolence and reverence for all life. Showing peace and awe for all sentient beings.

The sculpture wants to contribute to a new era in which a loving and harmonieus way of living and working together is paramount, a symbiosis between plant, animal, mankind and earth. By giving back to the land and the animals and to each other, by sharing, we will discover that there is a deep joy hidden within.

It’s a loving sculpture that calls us to come together. To find the stillness within ourselves. To experience appreciation for life and for everything that seems so self-evident. Everyone has a heart and knows deep down what really is, without answering out loud. When we regain an eye for ourselves and everything that lives on the planet we rediscover that everyone contributes something valuable.

My gratitude goes out to my dear buddy Dirk-Jan Schrander (guitar builder/artist) who can do magic with steel, it was a joy working with him on the cow sculpture. Working together🤍

During the start of ‘Ahimsa’s’ journey I will cooperate with Demeter and their bio dynamic farmers. The way they treat the animals and the land is inspiring. It promises to be a colorful exhibition where we invite city-dwellers and regional farmers to engage in conversation, around the cow. To see how we as urbanites and farmers can once again be part of a healthy and fertile cycle with regard to farm animals, landscape, nature of which we are all part of.

Follow the journey of #Ahimsa on instagram and facebook: Ode to the Wilderness, Jantien Mook and Stichting Demeter.