Mineral Lava

2024.03.05 HAE, Keisuke Sasaki, Tatsuaki Shizuku

In today’s highly industrialized world, almost all metals around us are industrialized.

In the United Kingdom, the country that launched the Industrial Revolution earlier than any other in the world, iron manufacturing was a symbolic presence, and most of the “metals” we speak of today probably refer to industrial products.

On the other hand, the relationship between humans and metals has been confirmed for thousands of years, with metals that were products of nature being extracted in primitive ways.

In the Sumerian civilization around 3000 B.C., copper ore obtained from the Iranian plateau contained tin at the same time, and bronze, an alloy harder and more practical than pure copper, seems to have been obtained naturally as it was.

We cooled the molten refined copper at the same temperature and waited for its expression, which was not artificially controlled, in order to bring man and metal back to their primordial relationship, while contemplating the metal we obtain from the forest.

The solidified refined copper appears in our daily space in the form of outlet and switch plates that mediate electric currents and signals.