Frieze (2009)

Frieze (2009)

SIZE 360x40x4 cm
TECNIC Hand carved from Calatorao black stone

Frieze is a sculpture divided into six black Calatorao stone blocks, a special limestone from the Valdejalón district of Spain. On these blocks the keys “S”, “P”, “E”, “C”, “T”, “R”, “U” and “M” have been manually carved and sculpted following the genuine design of the early 1980's Spectrum ZX personal computer.

The sculpture has the reminiscent of an old frieze from the classical Greek period and it draws the observer’s attention to the obsolescence and the ephemeral character of today and yesterday’s technology. It also reflects on the constant renewal of technology, and the ecological and economical implications that are the consequences of this constantly ongoing and accelerating process. Tons of yesterdays CRT widescreen TVs are dumped every week to be replaced by LCD TVs, that will soon be replaced by LED TVs.

Therefore the artwork has been created to be a contemporary ruin, a Sinclair ZX Spectrum keyboard from 1982. Frieze can be seen as an object for contemporary archeological studies, staged as an ancient Greek temple frieze. A work that can be exhibited in a museum and probably be able to survive much longer than the technology it was used as a pattern for its rendering.

In contrast to the original model and opposed to it, the used material is not industrial molded rubber but limestone, a very hard and ageing resistant material, shaped with a chisel by a handicraftsman stonecutter, who has fret the contours of every single block, simulating how the time passes by.

These ideas of a ruin and of an archeological remainder suggest also the disappearance of the civilization that created it, because it is through ruins that we read the remote past.