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Running Mould

A pivot is built in the centre of the gallery and wet plaster is poured on floor. When the plaster is about to cure, a large wooden running mould with a sharp zinc profile is pushed through the paste-like material. This is repeated many times, building up layer after layer, to leave a perfect plaster scraping behind. After drying out completely, a hard plaster bench remains.

Running Mould belongs to a series of Glithero’s work where the dichotomy of product and process strive to be one and the same. The twelve metre long bench took three and a half tonnes of plaster and a team of nine working continuously with the material on location in the gallery space.

The running mould process is an interpretation of the artisanal technique of making plaster cornices found in classical architecture, by running a zinc profile through wet plaster. Typically, the running mould or bench mould is made and left on the bench surface of the craftsman and serves as a mould to make a number of casts from. By translating this process in scale and spectacle it has the power to trigger an intrinsic understanding of object, its process, and origin and material.

2010

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