Mother Cast BY Ghaith & Jad
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Inspired by the process of casting bronze, this work addresses the mold as a vessel of conception. A bronze sculpture is heavy and eternal, monumental in heft. The mold that produces it is delicate, destructible, temporary and ephemeral; the birth of a bronze sculpture requires the death of its mould. Here, two interlocking loops were cast in a single ceramic mould. While the ‘mother’ mould held them both, they could never touch: intertwined, but denied contact. It is only once the mould melted away that the loops emerged, locked within one other. Always touching, they celebrate the immaterial void that separated them during conception.
Loop 1: 13.5x39x6 cm; Loop 2: 26.6x9.3x6 cm
Ghaith & Jad
Ghaith Abi Ghanem & Jad Melki received their Bachelor of Architecture degree from the American University of Beirut in 2012, and were granted the Areen Award for Excellence in Architecture for both their final year projects. They have interned at Raëd Abillama Architects in Lebanon and at Herzog and de Meuron in Switzerland, which gave them insight into the professional world of architecture.
Their work gives particular importance to the design process and allows the experimentation to freely sculpt their designs. They focus on being true to material and responsive to context, and that is core to any of their projects.
Ghaith & Jad continue their design explorations through their studio at Mansion, a reclaimed 19th century residence that houses multidisciplinary designers under one roof.