Concrete and Stucco Lights
The word “fragile” comes from Latin (fragilis, frangere) and applies to objects that are brittle, weak, and require great care when handled. It would seem to be a surprise then that Italian designer Davide Giulio Aquini applies this adjective to a series of spherical sculptures made out of cement and stucco, materials usually associated with strength and rigidity. In The Fragiles, the young designer has been able to give new meaning to sturdy materials, converting them into objects that are unexpectedly tenuous and slight, even fragile.
To make the Fragiles, Davide spreads cement, stucco, or a mixture of the two over colorful balloons. Once dry each object is a jagged sculpture, rough on the outside and smooth on the inside.
The most fascinating feature of the Fragiles is that each one is unique. No two balloons are exactly the same, so the diameter and, above all, the imperfections are always different. Cracks, craters, valleys, chips and wrinkles make each piece and individual work of art.
Davide then places metal frames hand made in Italy around the finished stucco and concrete forms in order to protect them and add dramatic LED lighting. The light reflects off the inner surfaces of the shells, shines through the slits and cracks in the cement or seeps beyond the irregularly toothed margins of the forms.