American designer Brandon Clifford has drawn inspiration from megalithic architecture to create concrete sculptures that seem to defy gravity as they move.
Clifford is a partner at Matter Design, a Boston studio known for a range of experimental projects that challenge convention. In a recent talk given at the TED conference in Vancouver, Clifford presented two of his recent projects – Walking Assembly and Janus, both of which are concrete sculptures that “demonstrate the potentials of moving mass with joy”.
The performative sculptures have been developed in collaboration with CEMEX, a multinational building materials company.
Monuments such as Stonehenge and the giant statues on Easter Island have inspired Clifford’s recent work.
He is particularly interested in how massive, ancient structures were constructed and moved around – a process that could help make current construction practises more performative and entertaining, according to Clifford.
Walking Assembly is a puzzle-like sculpture that consists of multiple pieces that interlock and form a wall and little stairway. The sculpture was unveiled this spring at CEMEX’s global research lab in Brügg, Switzerland.
Together, the concrete components weigh 13,162 pounds (5,970 kilogrammes) and measure approximately 20 by 10 feet (6.3 by three metres). The pieces are easily moved around by humans and set into position.
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