ROBERT MICHAEL JONES
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ARTIFACTS

Walking through the woods and fields in Vermont as a child I would find old arrow heads and rusted farm equipment. It was fascinating to see objects of another time, artifacts left behind. Now, by searching through scrap yards I find lost or forgotten objects. Corroded from human neglect these forgotten objects begin to regress to their natural states. After composing the shapes, I fossilize these lost objects by casting them into concrete. The resulting panels tell a story of man, nature, and technology and put a magnifying glass on a society so layered that we can often not identify objects produced by our own culture.

These sculptures are being collected around southern California. They are both beautiful small and flexible wall hanging pieces and units or tiles in a possible indoor installation. They can be mortared together as a part of a concrete surface.

 

Artifacts

It is not the fault of the iron, but a virtue, to be so fond of getting rusted, for in that condition it fulfills its most important functions in the universe, and most kindly duties to mankind.
— John Ruskin, On Art and Life