Concept drawing for Kintsugi Aurea © courtesy of the artists
Roksana Ciurysek-Gedir and Kas Galos worked with Factum Arte on the production of their new series, dedicated to raising awareness and hopefulness towards environmental issues. Kintsugi Aurea was presented at COP26, the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Glasgow (October 31 - Nov 12, 2021). The brightly coloured sphere shows a gold-inlaid crack on its surface, inspired by the Japanese art of kintsugi: the repairing of broken ceramics by collecting the pieces, glueing them back together and filling the cracks with gold-dusted lacquer.
The concept of re-using was further explored by giving new life to a 2m stainless steel sphere, originally mirror polished. After several colour and finish tests, and having corrected existing distortions on the surface, the sphere was painted following a complex chrome paint cycle in Factum Arte’s workshop. The gold leaf gilding was then applied on the engraved crack after polishing the main body of the artwork.
The chrome paint before and after polishing © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte
Silvia Alvarez applying gold leaf to the crack © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte
Kintsugi Aurea installed at COP26, Goals House © courtesy of Kas Galos