Waste materials turn into unique artworks.
“Serie Crogioli” is a project by Alessandro Di Prisco design studio in collaboration with Vincenzo Oste, designer jewelry , both based in Naples, Italy. This project is born and takes form in the historic foundries of the city. Serie Crogioli consists in the retrieval of crucible through an operation of restoration and reinterpretation of the object, at the end of its life cycle. The crucibles are tools used in the foundries, in the casting process and they are containers of cylindrical form or trunk conic realized in refractory material. Metals like bronze, brass, copper, zinc or steel are melted within them and then introduced in special molds to give life to manufactured articles of art, religious furnishing, statues, sculptures and various products of common use. Once finished, each casting process releases its trace inside and outside of the crucible. The various metals, used to create artistic objects, settle inside crucible layer on layer, color on color casting after casting. That sediment, every time different, makes unique and unrepeatable each single crucible. Everyone of them is different from the other one with its specific color tone, form and a its story to tell. Once finished its life cycle, lasting depending on the type of casting from three to six months, the crucible degrades, becoming workmanship waste destined to disposal. The aim of project is to reverse this trial, giving relief to waste that now it becomes precious. The tool, that previously contained and allowed creations, now becomes itself a unique work.
So in the foundries, that they feed the artistic and handicraft production in Naples, the crucible turns in artwork.
According to the decay and the intact parts of crucible, a new object, a vase, a seat, a small table can born from it. new metal parts, bathed in brass, bronze and copper remember the casting process, enriching and completing these objects, giving them new life and functionality. To a careful sight, “Serie Crogioli” makes explicit the meta-artistic potential inside a simple object of work.