Emerging Artists Wall Features Work of Cor Kardol “Material Men”

Beginning in August and remaining on exhibit through September, the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Emerging Artists Wall exhibit space will feature the work of found object artist, Cor Kardol. The exhibit will be on display at the Center’s Lucas Mansion, which is located at 316 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County.

Featured on the third floor of the Center’s Lucas Mansion, all Emerging Artists Wall exhibits are free and open to the public Monday – Friday from 10:00am until 4:30pm and on Saturday from 10:00am until 3:00pm.

Using found objects and recycled materials, Cor Kardol creates life size, dynamic, human figures ranging as tall as 6ft in height. The artist has always been very serious about recycling and one day, while sorting items for the recycle center, Kardol began to consider what could be created from all the bottle caps and spare parts usually discarded in our daily lives.


From this idea, the artist’s series “Material Men” was born. As Kardol puts it, he “cannot throw anything away anymore,” anything and everything has the potential to be used in creating his innovative works of art. Cor Kardol is a self-taught artist, originally from the Netherlands. Kardol now resides in Lenoir, NC with his wife, Marti.


In addition to his Emerging Artists Wall exhibit, the artist will be featured as a demonstrating artist on the lawn of the Lucas Mansion during the Center’s 36th Annual Celebration of the Arts festival, which is set for Saturday, September 23rd from 9am – 4pm.