© Ricardo Gonçalves

Gather

Vladimir Djurovic

This piece addresses the problem of quarry waste, making use of stones of all shapes and sizes that are abandoned and rejected. From these discarded blocks, spalls and broken pieces, a wall, a floor, a bench, a table and an accessory have been created. They have been forged in an elemental way, allowing each fragment to become something useful and durable while still retaining its inherent qualities, which links it back to its place of origin.

 

Gather, by Vladimir Djurovic

Stone is a primordial natural resource. 

To sustain our insatiable growth and refined tastes, we are extracting it at an unprecedented rate while watching up to 80% of it be discarded as quarry waste. During my first visit to a Portuguese quarry for this commission, I was struck at the sight of abandoned rejects of all shapes and sizes. They were just not good enough for us.

From these discarded blocks, spalls and broken pieces we made a wall, a floor, a bench, a table and an accessory, all in an elemental way, allowing each fragment to become something useful and durable while still retaining its inherent qualities which links it back to its place of origin.