Street artist Isaac Cordal’s installations are littered all over London, in the form of miniature cement figurines. If you are not careful when walking the sidewalks along the streets of London, you might even step into one of them. The figures are a part of a project termed ‘Cement Eclipses’ and deals with such themes as the anonymity and drudgery of city life.
Cordal models his figures first in clay and then casts multiples in cement using silicone molds. The multiples are then installed in their urban locations using strong epoxy glue, “representing a kind of metamorphosis in which the man leaves his roles as citizens camouflaging themselves with the city and slowly becomes part of furniture”, says the artist. “In this way confirms the voluntary isolation of human being with regard to nature, hidden among the sidewalks, streets, walls, etc., becoming the urban environment in their natural habitat.”
Isaac Cordal first began making cement sculptures in 2002 and first placed them out in the streets in 2006 in the Spanish city of Vigo. Since then, cement eclipses have been discovered in urban areas of several European cities including Berlin, London, Brussels, Liege, Barcelona, Vigo, etc. Many of the photographs in this dossier have been taken in London between September 2008 and January 2010, where I currently reside. (Also see Miniature Street Art by Slinkachu)
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