Mining for Sculpture
Fire-grade industrial bricks, mortar, glass, pedestal, museum board
In an ongoing project, I travel to assist in the destruction of defunct glass furnaces. Breaking them apart with crowbars and sledge hammers, I mine the wreckage for the physical evidence of the glass’ corrosive behavior, looking for the very moments that caused the decay. In showing the residue, I stage the broken bricks within a museological display as if they are archeological ruins.
These moments, frozen in time as objects, look like jewels as the crystallized glass clings to tired bricks. They are the residue of a process — what happens at the edges of making.