Martin Bolton 2012
and grab an apple on your way to work.
is a bowl cast from concrete, utilising glass fragments from one of the
infamous ‘smash and grabs’.
you’ve grown up in Jozi, you have more than likely seen the extra large glitter
sprinkled messily beside your car. If not you, then someone you know. This sadly
is not glitter. Rather, it is the cookie crumb trail left by the izinyoka to whom
you have just donated your car radio. This happened one evening to a car parked
outside my house. Lurking in the darkness with a dustpan and plastic packet, I
collected all the glass fragments as I knew there may be a possible use for
them in the future. These remained in a tub on my shelf for many months until I
decided to use them as aggregate in a cast concrete bowl. It was a couple
months after I made the badass concrete rocket, in which rubber fragments were
used as aggregate.
The contrast of the matt, porous concrete and the sharp
smooth greenish glass fragments create an interesting visual appeal. This
however does not translate into an easily usable product for storing household items...
The concrete grit will scratch your phone, or get transported on an apple and
end up chipping your teeth.
My girlfriends car when she decided to donate her radio to charity
The inside of the bowl
Even though there are many sharp corners, they get enveloped by the concrete and create a relatively soft form.
It ended up rather smashing
What I would like to do next, is use a much higher
percentage of glass, which may allow some light to pass through solid concrete.