Rodrigo Bravo’s Monolith Series showcases the extraordinary materials and production methods taken from Chilean geography

Posted in Art
By Sam Bathe on 30 Oct 2017



All carved from single chunks of combarbalita, a stone native to northern Chile, Rodrigo Bravo‘s Monolith Series wanted to find a way to highlight the “production methods, technologies, and materials taken from Chilean geography.” Working with a local stone-turning craftsman, Bravo sketched countless designs for vessels, ultimately collaborating to create a collection of 80 pieces. From small bowls and vases, to lidded boxes and cups, no two objects in the series are the same, in no small part thanks to the remarkable combarbalita Made from volcanic processes, the material integrates diverse compositions of kaolinite, natroalunite, silica, and hemanite, plus some of the minerals represented in copper and silver oxides.








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