Koester settled in Vancouver after a childhood spent living and travelling in various parts of Canada. He has worked here as a metal sculptor and craftsperson for more than 15 years.
Many of his pieces incorporate objects offered up by the sea. Bits of beach glass, a pearl button found in a tide pool, and even a salty and bedraggled felt snowman have appeared within his steel frames.
Koester welds and hand-forms his sculptures using basic tools. Metal shows up in everything from the humble domesticity of baking pans to paper-like sheet metal or the solid presence of steel plate.
Koester's work has evolved from furniture, candlesticks and jewellery to more abstract statments. Fusing symbols of geography, time and ideas Koester merges the material and the ephemeral.