STONE
Switzerland is a relatively small country but its generous geology has made it a historical centre for the quarrying of rock, including... Switzerland is a relatively small country but its generous geology has made it a historical centre for the quarrying of rock, including limestone and granite. At the Kunstbetrieb (whose name literally means “art business”) stone is most often used to produce sturdy plinths for enormous sculptures made from other substances. (MORE)
POLYURETHANE RESIN
Most of the samples seen here are made from the exact same material, namely polyurethane resin, which shares aesthetic qualities... Most of the samples seen here are made from the exact same material, namely polyurethane resin, which shares aesthetic qualities with the kind of resin that’s tapped from coniferous trees. All sorts of eye-catching finishes can be achieved with the addition of coloured pigments. (MORE)
BRONZE
The most widely employed metal in sculpture, bronze has been used in the same way for centuries, namely heated to around 1,200°C... The most widely employed metal in sculpture, bronze has been used in the same way for centuries, namely heated to around 1,200°C then poured into a casting mould. The Kunstbetrieb has helped all manner of esteemed artists to realise their projects in bronze, among them the late Angus Fairhurst, whose 2007 work Untitled with Bird transposes a donkey’s head onto the body of a gorilla. (MORE)
SILICONE
Liquid silicone rubber, the kind used for making heat-resistant kitchen wares, is a great material for copying minute details. Its flair... Liquid silicone rubber, the kind used for making heat-resistant kitchen wares, is a great material for copying minute details. Its flair for mimicking every pore and wrinkle makes it ideal for the creation of disarmingly lifelike mouldings and masks. (MORE)
KUNSTBETRIEB
Founded in 2006 by two artists, Michèle Elsener and Martin Hansen, together with art historian and curator Annina Zimmermann, the Kunstbetrieb... Founded in 2006 by two artists, Michèle Elsener and Martin Hansen, together with art historian and curator Annina Zimmermann, the Kunstbetrieb typically has 70 works in progress at any one time. Many of the projects that take shape are public works of art, which need to be planned with meticulous attention. It can take years for a statue or monument to be completed. (MORE)
Switzerland is a relatively small country but its generous geology has made it a historical centre for the quarrying of rock, including... Switzerland is a relatively small country but its generous geology has made it a historical centre for the quarrying of rock, including limestone and granite. At the Kunstbetrieb (whose name literally means “art business”) stone is most often used to produce sturdy plinths for enormous sculptures made from other substances. (MORE)
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