A giant sculpture made of ceramic vases
This enormous artwork by Grégoire Scalabre contains 70,000 distinct porcelain pots. The French artist spent months creating the one-of-a-kind homage to the Greek sea nymph Thetis, going to turn each of the long-necked containers by hands using a classic clod-turning process. Then, he free-formedly placed them on a sizable plastic and foamy system to achieve a captivating design that seems to change before the user’s eyes.
As part of her ultimate transformation, the designer „pays homage to the Nereid Thetis, whom he envisions emerging from the depths of the sea, magnificently clothed in a multitude of tiny ceramic clay pots, in the sunlight of Venice.“ The little amphorae’s restricted white and green colour is intended to reflect the characteristics of water and minerals, continuing the mythical concept.
Even though each miniature ceramic cup is only a few inches long, there were enough of them to completely cover the enormous architectural construction, which is over 3 feet in circumference and over 6 and a half feet high. Eighty percent of the ceramic tiles were prepared by Scalabre alone; the remaining twenty percent were done by his workshop workers. The designer started working on creative mounting after the figurines were fired and dried. He claims, „It is a free arrangement without a preset design.“ Trying to associate and contrasting shapes and colors from the colour scheme gathered during fire is what is done in this automatic process. A vocabulary emerges on the surface as a result of the parts being arranged and interacting with one another.
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The Last Metamorphoses of Thetis is a massive technique is termed by French artist Grégoire Scalabre.
70,000 ceramic tiles individually make up the structure.
Every earthenware has a long, thin neck and mimics a vase or wine decanter.
Every component was put together by Scalabre onto a 2 meter large tower made of foam and plastic.
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