Sunday, December 13, 2009

Suitcases of Concrete

A Case History, Concrete, Liverpool. Credit: That James on Flickr (cc)

What appears at first glance to be a pile of old suitcases on a street in Liverpool turns out to be a concrete sculpture installed by artist John King in 1997. The Hope Street sculpture is labelled with the names of famous Liverpool residents from the past. Titled "A Case History", the piece is a great example of public art, almost indestructible, which adds to the culture of an interesting area of Liverpool.

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Underwater Concrete Sculptures

What a wonderful idea this is: to combine art with environmental conservation, to combine beauty with science. More than 400 concrete sculptures are to be installed underwater off the shores of Cancun, Mexico. The project's idea is to divert underwater tourists away from the more sensitive reef areas in the Marine National Park.

The sculptures are being created by British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor on four-metre square bases which will be lifted into the ocean. They feature life-size human figures based on real people. By April, 2010, about 250 of the sculptures should be installed.

Facebook page:

de Caires Taylor's own web site:
Check out the the two videos of previous installations linked from this page.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Katherine Stanek, Sculptor

Katherine Stanek is a New Jersey sculptor working in concrete and bronze. This is a video showing work from a recent exhibition in Philadelphia:

Guardian, 2008, concrete with marble aggregate

Her own web site has more images:

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Concrete Lace Tiles

Jethro Macey is a UK-based designer who works in a range of media and function, from wood stools to steel to tiles. His concrete tiles are inspired by traditional lace patterns.

Digital processes (e.g. CNC milling) were used to make the original tile, then silicone molds were made from that master to cast the tiles.
Macey's web site is here:
You can also see more of his tiles at: