Metallic Crystals Sprout from Daniel Arsham’s Eroded Sculptures That Warp the Passage of Time

Janice K. Johnson


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October 13, 2022

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“Unearthed Bronze Eroded Melpomene” (2021). All images courtesy of Yorkshire Sculpture Park, shared with permission

6 of Daniel Arsham’s eroded sculptures are scattered across Yorkshire Sculpture Park as aspect of a spacious outside exhibition that explores the inevitability of decay. Referencing equally pop lifestyle and art record, Relics in The Landscape features enormous performs of patinaed bronze embedded with patches of metallic, crystal-esque types. “As history progresses, all objects grow to be antiquated, and in some way, they all become ruins or relics, disused or buried. In 1,000, years everything that we personal will inevitably turn out to be a person of all those things,” he claims. “I never specifically see that as having an apocalyptic good quality – it is type of just the march of time going on.”

Referring to the will work as “future relics,” Arsham (earlier) collapses time and custom. In “Bronze Eroded Venus of Arles,” for instance, he reinterprets the 1st-century BCE statue of Aphrodite with gem-like corrosion, displaying the progression of both equally advancement and decay. Other sculptures consist of more up to date subject matter subject, like “Bronze Eroded Astronaut,” which recreates the iconic graphic of Neil Armstrong throughout the Apollo 11 Moonwalk. Although preserving such a historic moment in solid steel, the sculpture is noticed with pockets of decomposition that disintegrate the explorer’s go well with.

Relics in The Landscape is on perspective by way of September 30, 2023. Come across additional from Arsham on Instagram.


“Unearthed Bronze Eroded Melpomene” (2021)

“Bronze Eroded Venus of Arles” (2022)

“Bronze Eroded Astronaut” (2022)

“Bronze Extraterrestrial Bicycle” (2022)

Element of “Unearthed Bronze Eroded Melpomene” (2021)

“Bronze Eroded Venus of Arles” (2022)

Front: “Bronze Eroded Astronaut” (2022). Back: “Bronze Eroded Bunny” (2022)

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