Ad Wouters

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Ad Wouters in 2014

Ad Wouters (born 1944) is a sculptor, born in the Netherlands, who is active in Belgium in Leuven and the forest south of it. Wouters is known for his oak wood sculptures.[1]


Wouters was born in Dordrecht. Starting at the age of 13, he worked in construction.[2] At the age of 22 he traveled to Africa with the Belgian NGO Bouworde.[3] After his stay in Africa, he went to live in Haasrode in Belgium, where he learned the skill of restoring buildings. Due to a work related accident, where he fell from a church tower in the 90s he became unfit for this kind of work. From then on he developed himself as an artist.[4]


Wouters creates wood sculptures, mostly from oak tree trunks or from other recovered materials.[5] He created his first wood sculpture accessible to the public, De Bosprotter commissioned by the forestry services of Meerdaal forest in the year 2000. He created several other sculptures since then.[6]

Ad's itinerary[edit]

Map of Ad's itinerary

There is a path of 25 km one can take to march or cycle past most of Wouters' works through the woods of Heverlee and Meerdaal.[7][8]

Ad's itinerary leads past[edit]

  • Ignatius (2008)
  • The director (2007)
  • The Neanderthal man (2008)
  • Bat (2006)
  • The owl (2003)
  • Woodpecker (2007)
  • Inky cap (2007)
  • Baloo (2010)
  • The Bosprotter (2000)
  • Drowned (2014)

List of other works on display[edit]

  • Pootefretter (man eating carrot, which is the colloquial nickname for people from Haasrode) (1999), bronze statue in front of the community school of Haasrode
  • Saint Michael (2009), brass statue in the Church of Saint Michael Leuven
  • The Prophet (2012), wooden sculpture in the Sint-Donatus Park Leuven
  • Arum lily wooden sculpture located in the orangerie of the Botanical garden of Leuven
  • Drowned (2014), artwork made of litter, to symbolise how we are drowning in our own waste, located in Oud-Heverlee between the ponds.[9]
  • Voor hen van toen, stone to commemorate the volunteers of natural reserve Doode Bemde. It's right next to a bridge of the now defunct tramway line.[10][11]


  1. ^ Miradal, Erfgoed en Heverleebos en Meerdaalwoud. Davidsfonds/Leuven. 2009. ISBN 9789058266248. 
  2. ^ "Achter d'oechelen (Local newspaper of Oud-Heverlee)" (in Dutch). 2006. Retrieved 2014-04-11. 
  3. ^ "Article in a Flemish newspaper" (in Dutch). 
  4. ^ "Ad Wouters' own web site (Dutch)". Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Saartje Vandendriessche (2013). "Saartje wanders around Zuid-Dijleland (Jump forward to 7 minutes)". Vlaanderen Vakantieland VRT (Flemish television), 2013 (in Dutch). 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Tourism services Flemish-Brabant". Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Touristic services Leuven". Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  9. ^ Erik Roosens (23 March 2014). "Zwerfvuilkunst siert Zoet Water". Nieuwsblad (in Dutch). [permanent dead link]
  10. ^ DVA (2011). "Nieuws UIT Doode Bemde" (in Dutch). Vrienden van Heverleebos en Meerdaalwoud. Archived from the original on 12 July 2012. 
  11. ^ Doode Bemde, Nieuwsblad, 19 February 2009