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set in stone?

To be written or engraved or set in stone is a term used to emphasise that something is fixed and unchangeable. To challenge my own assumptions about static materials, I have tried to create motion typography in plaster. Using sandpaper I scratched the surface of the plaster to activate movement.

This trial followed on from the Zero Changes trial, In that instance, I set a slowly emerging character (zero) in a vertically graduating shape. This time I started to consider letters emerging on different layers (stacked diagonally). This trial got me very excited and made me think about what kind of discussions could come out of sharing an object like this; where I use my understanding of layers digitally and mimic it in a static object.

When I interviewed people for this project I asked them to tell me one alphabetic character or number that resonated with them. Based on what they chose, I created a block, similar to this one which I will share with them in June.

The second cycle of this gif shows an outline of where the n starts and gradually moves down the block.

The second cycle of this gif shows an outline of where the n starts and gradually moves down the block.

The block cracked when I got closer to the bottom of the block.

The block cracked when I got closer to the bottom of the block.

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Uneven grinding as you can see from the side, meant that the ‘layers’ of the letter n started to partially be shown at the same time (see image above this one)

Uneven grinding as you can see from the side, meant that the ‘layers’ of the letter n started to partially be shown at the same time (see image above this one)

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