Artist and sculptor Olaf Stoy created the figurine “Mr. Beetle Waits For Better Times” in 2009, following a trip to China. Stoy had been struck by that country’s diverse Buddha figurines, which all had one thing in common: They showed a character deeply at peace. Fascinated by those depictions of contented repose and the idea of how finding one’s centre can be a place from which new things emerge, Stoy was inspired to create his own take on the Chinese style. His sculpture assumes a domed shape, with a broad base tapering towards the top. Its smooth, ample white surfaces stand in contrast against the corners, edges and sharp demarcations. When seen from the back, the figure is reminiscent of a beetle in repose, yet it remains ready to defy gravity at any moment and take flight. The figure “Mr. Beetle Waits For Better Times” has his gaze set on the distant horizon, right hand shielding his eyes from theglare of the sun. It is quite possible he has caught a first glimpse of better times to come. The original clay model was completely reworked for this edition by Stoy, presented for the first time in porcelain.