Concrete is the most used manmade material in the world. In Regular Concrete, a series of sculptures designed and handcrafted by Peter Baran, it is employed as a means to capture the manmade world: smartphones, games consoles, music players. “Creating sculptures from concrete leads to a mismatch between the shapes of the objects and the material,” Baran says. “When the shape and the material don’t match, magic happens … Concrete lasts an eternity, which is exactly the same amount of time as the impact of the objects captured here.” Electronic devices are cast in a signature Brutalist style and become immortalised like time capsules.
Image: Peter Baran, The Video Game Console 1985 (detail), (2022). Custom concrete mixture. 10cm x 16cm x 4cm. 900g.