Having been asked to participate to this year's Marmomac exhibition titled "Natural things" my proposal investigates the fragile relationship between men, machines and the stone in its natural state.
A large, solid block of Calacatta marble will be transformed into a seating installation. The raw marble block will be left as untreated as possible, showing all the marks and scars of the extraction from its quarry. The only tangible presence of human intervention will be the smooth convex seating milled from the top, raw, fractured surface. A humble indent revealing and celebrating the innate and exterior qualities of the stone.
Too often marble is over-machined, over-milled, over-polished. An act of human domination that deletes the marble's behaviour and structure.
Temno is an act of redemption, offering a mindful, humble approach that seeks the minimum point of contact between stone, process and men.
Collaborator: Vincenzo Minenna (Politecnico di Bari)
Manufacturer: Marmi Strada, Italy