20: Guarding the Precious
About Guarding the Precious
Industrial steel and copper
Very heavy industrial pieces of metal are changed first and foremost by a complete transformation of their outer texture. The whole of the surface that faces outward has been stripped and then patterned with an angle grinder, whilst leaving the original internal colouring and texture. So there is a play going on between the renewal of one aspect of the structure and the consistency of the original. The copper was developed as the element of “precious” colourful and gradually appearing, a growth from within, like a flower of a plant in Spring, whilst still being guarded by the structure around it. The sharp edges of the original structure are retained but the swirling texture aims to offer a contrast, a regeneration.
Tom is an emerging metal sculptor based in Bristol.