Kintsugi Aurea

2021
COP26 Summit, Glasgow

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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.

Iván Allende preparing the surface of the sphere for painting © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

The sphere before priming © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

A black primer was applied over the stainless steel surface of the sphere in preparation of the chrome paint © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

Iván Allende polishing the primer before applying the coat of chrome paint © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

Iván Allende polishing the surface of the painted sphere © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

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

The finished Kintsugi Aurea in Factum's workshop © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

The finished Kintsugi Aurea in Factum's workshop © Oak Taylor Smith for Factum Arte

Kintsugi Aurea installed at COP26, Goals House © courtesy of Kas Galos


 

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