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  • Catalogue Essay

    Urban Nebula explores the potential of pre-cast concrete as a medium for repetitive and fluid form. By combining traditional repetitive pre-cast molding techniques with contemporary computer numerical control (CNC) machine molding, a system of standard elements is created in which each individual component has a unique variation.

    The installation is a hybrid of traditional ideas of standardization coupled with contemporary methods of manufacture that explore the plastic qualities of concrete as a material. It is reminiscent of the rough improvisational characteristic of dry stone walling, yet adopts the smooth polished surface of a stone riverbed.

    The work is composed of 150 blocks of black polished re-cast concrete bolted together to form a perforated wall that seamlessly transforms into street furniture, resonating between architecture as material system and sculptural form.

Sold to Benefit the Royal College of Art, London Design Festival Fellowship in Materials

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Urban Nebula

2007
Polished and waxed pre-fabricated concrete elements. Manufactured by Aggregate Industries, UK. For the Size + Matter project, part of the London Design Festival, 2007.
94 1/2 x 444 7/8 x 181 1/8 in. (240 x 1130 x 460.1 cm)

Estimate
£100,000 - 150,000 ≠ ♠ †

Sold for £311,200

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

Evening Sale
13 October 2007, 4pm
London