site-specific art project, casted stone sculptures, variable dimensions, 2019 — 2021
“Lapidarium” is a site-specific art work created in the Rhine Valley of Grisons amidst quarries and gravel pits. It focuses on stone as a material and myth-enshrouded cultural asset. The work traces the transformations of stone, from its geological formation in the mountains, to its extraction in quarries and its use in buildings, to its demolition and reuse. This process is captured in a series of stone sculptures conceived as a recording medium of existing traces. Using an archaeological method – with the help of clay, plaster and silicone rubber – traces of processing and transformation of the stone were cast in different places: in local quarries (traces of extraction), in old buildings (traces of use) and recycling yards (traces of debris). From these, molds were made for stone sculptures, in which this transformation finds a continuation. For the sculptures, which capture various previous conditions, were cast from the demolition material of an old house, which was crushed and ground in two gravel plants.