Concrete Models: Dug by hand, Shaped by the groundGrains of sand and small stones. My hand moves down, every minute three centimetres. The composition of the soil changes slowly. The first 15 centimetres is compressed sand and then I encounter a layer of stones mixed with garbage and glass. And after 55 centimetres I feel sticky clay. The digging is very difficult. My hands are not made to dig holes. The ground is so tough that my knuckles start to bleed. I wish I was a small animal, that would move smoothly into the hole. But I’m not, I can only use the length of my arm.
These two concrete models are an outcome of a material research on the subject of skeuomorph: ‘materials that appear to be different from what they really are. As a starting point, I looked at three separate examples: concrete that looks like a Roman wall, DIY videos that give instructions on how to make pavement stones out of concrete and ‘Palais Idéal’, the building project by the postman Ferdinand Cheval. These three serve as annotations for the project, and they show how one can play with moulds to create different appearances out of concrete.
I began reinterpreting the notion of the mould by digging holes in the sand and pouring concrete in the holes. I see them as models that explore the potentials of a site-specific creation process, and play with the tension between geometric forms, manual work, and the textures of soil.