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WEIGL'S CONCRETE ART BLOSSOMS

CONCRETE QUARTERLY/ SUMMER 06

Contemporary artist Petr Weigl recently unveiled his latest concrete work at the Air Gallery, Mayfair, London. The exhibition, sponsored by Lafarge, Castle Cement, Marshalls and The Concrete Centre, saw the launch of his new Gold Seal range.

The Gold Seal range mirrors the delicacy and natural beauty of owers. Weigl hand-sculpts and inserts oral designs into concrete and gilds them with gold and precious stones. The result is a delicacy of touch that contrasts with the robustness of concrete.

In addition to Gold Seal, Weigl exhibited works from his Fossil and Contour series. Here, concrete is transformed from a construction material to a polished, marble-like medium that depicts an encapsulated evolutionary process or geographical moment in time.

Weigl's work challenges the monolithic two-dimensionality of concrete. Instead, it examines the three-dimensional and tactile potential of concrete by taking a manufactured construction material back to its fundamental essence and then presenting it as a new entity that resembles marble with an organic twist. The pieces are created in a mould. The final results are totally dependent on the precise timing of each stage of the process. This ensures the uniqueness of each piece which is finished with the Petr Weigl wax seal of authenticity.

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