Victor Hunt (BE) 2012
The items that compose the BLOCK OFFICE series are been made using a glass casting method inspired by the well-known lost-wax technique. Instead of using wax (cast from a mould, itself cast off a master piece), each piece is made and assembled by hand using Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) board as base material. Plaster moulds are made from these EPS forms, and then burnt. Hot glass is then transferred into these moulds. Subsequently, each piece resulting from this process is unique. Such a technique allows to cast the EPS in glass, whilst retaining the exceptionally fine details that form the surface texture of the original EPS board, itself originating from another moulding process of the chemical polymer industry. The fine moulding technique allows its imperfections to be retained in the surface of the resulting glass. Originally a feather-light and inexpensive industry material, the EPS models have been cast into a heavyweight, precious and skilfully crafted item. Developed with Cirva (FR).