Julius Haag’s artistic journey started in 2001 when he began his apprenticeship as a sculptor and stonemason in Hanover, Germany. He has been working in restoration and conservation of heritage buildings since arriving in Australia in 2005. He has worked on many iconic buildings through Sydney and Melbourne’s CBD. These structures have been standing for centuries and with the work of the dedicated artists in the stonemasonry community will be standing for many more to come. This restoration and conservation has been his main focus for the better part of two decades.
Today, Julius specializes in creating unique sculptures from repurposed wood that he forages from bushlands, coastlines, and job sites all over Australia. His work is a true testament to sustainability, resourcefulness, and environmental consciousness.
In his art making practice, Julius focuses on highlighting the natural beauty and shape of each piece of wood, using various colour shift pigments that refract light to create an opalised effect on the parts of the wood that would traditionally be considered unattractive. Additionally, all the bases he uses to mount the sculptures are repurposed from old, deserted industrial machinery or discarded hard-woods, creating a theme of beauty and wonder in the forgotten.