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Miniature architectural spaces nestle in carved pieces of raw marble

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#architecture
#Marble
#Miniature
#Sculpture
#Stone
# Stone carving

“Tetraconch II” (2019), Faxe limestone, 38 centimeters. All images © Matthew Simmonds, shared with permission

Marble has been a material of choice for sculptors and architects since ancient times due to its relative softness and the improbability of its breaking. British artist Matthew Simmonds ((before) fuses these two traditional forms and honors their history with its miniature models carved into pieces of raw stone. The carved sculptures are reminiscent of ancient ruins and sacred architecture – most of the pieces are not modeled on specific structures – and are equipped in their halls with large archways, artfully tiled ceilings and tiny statues.

Within the rooms, Simmonds contrasts the rough, jagged edges of the stone with precise angles and detailed flourishes. “Based on the formal language and philosophy of architecture, the work examines topics of positive and negative form, the meaning of light and darkness and the relationship between nature and human endeavor,” he says in an explanation.

See more of the artist’s carved interiors, often less than a foot wide his side.

“Mystras” (2020), Carrara marble, 39 centimeters

Left: “Essay in Perpendicular” (2018), limestone, 42 centimeters. Right: “Window” (2020), limestone, 24 centimeters

Detail from “Hidden Landscape II” (2019), Carrara marble, 180 centimeters

“Gotische Passage II” (2021), limestone, 25.5 centimeters

Left: “Single Helix II” (2019), Faxe limestone, 24 centimeters. Right: “Landscape: Study” (2020), limestone, 10 centimeters

Detail of the “Basilica V” (2020), Carrara marble, 170 centimeters

“Stepwell” (2020), Faxe Limestone, 39 centimeters

Detail from “Stepwell” (2020), Faxe limestone, 39 centimeters

#architecture
#Marble
#Miniature
#Sculpture
#Stone
# Stone carving

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