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14 October 2013

Acclaimed artist uses Cemex cement for London masterpiece

First publishedon www.AggBusiness.com
World-renowned Argentine artist Adrián Villar Rojas sculpted a life-size elephant using 1.5tonnes of Cemex Portland cement for the centerpiece of a new exhibition at the inaugural opening of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in Kensington Gardens, London.

Virtually filling the entrance to the gallery, the impressive creation is over 370cm high, 225cm wide, extends 520cm from trunk to tail, and carries a beam measuring 1,450cm in length.

“The concrete clay mix is an essential material for my practice. The clay allows my work to appear fragile, with the cracks appearing naturally over time, while the cement gives it strength to remain durable for the period of the presentation. We have used many tons of Cemex cement to realise this exhibition,” said the artist.

One of the most exciting artists to have emerged in recent years, Adrián Villar Rojas is renowned for his large-scale sculptural works created using building materials such as clay, concrete, and bricks. He has been working in London for the past several months to develop this site-specific installation, entitled Today We Reboot the Planet. This marks his first exhibition in the UK.

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