The spiny ‘pavilion’ – whose construction, in essence, combines the properties of a solid shape and a shape-shifting fluid – was made by pouring the strangely familiar plastic shapes into a 8.8m x 9.7m enclosed space containing balloons (to create the negative space) which were then deflated and removed.
Birds, insects and other beasts constructed from bits and pieces of discarded bikes, cars, household appliances and metal badges by Eduoard Martinet.
Rather amazingly, the sculptor doesn’t weld, but instead screws and fastens each perfectly chosen component together to create the effect. According to Sladmore Contemporary in London, which will exhibit Martinet’s work this May:
This gives his forms an extra level of visual richness – but not in a way that merely conveys the dry precision of, say, a watchmaker. There is an X-Factor here, a graceful wit, a re-imagining of the obvious in which a beautifully finished object glows not with perfection, but with character, with new life.