Mexican contemporary artist Bosco Sodi has handmade thousands of clay bricks and built them into this symmetrical set of 64 cubes on a beachfront site next to Tadao Ando’s Casa Wabi artist’s retreat and arts centre in Oaxaca, Mexico.
The site-specific installation is located on the beach in Puerto Escondido at the site of Casa Wabi – the house and art centre that Japanese architect Ando completed for Bosco Sodi’s Casa Wabi Foundation arts charity in 2014.
Called Atlantes, Sodi’s installation comprises stacks of reddish brick arranged in an eight by eight grid. Identical spaces are left around each to create a symmetrical arrangement that draws on the concept of a chessboard.
“I wanted to do 64 cubes because I wanted to use the same structure as chess,” Sodi told Dezeen.
“I wanted it to be very mathematical,” he added. “The cube is a completely human form; you do not find the cube in nature.”
Each of the 64, two-meter high blocks are formed from 1,600 clay bricks. Sodi handmade the bricks with a team of local craftsman, making a total of 102,000 pieces.
The bricks, the team extracted raw earth and mixed it with water and sand to form clay, and then shaped and smoothed by hand. These were left to air dry in the sun at the artist’s studio next door, which was also created by Ando.
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