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Urban Cake Stand
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Urban Cake Stand
I'm always looking down. The built environment fascinates me, and none of it more than the surfaces of its foundation. The streets that define our maps also orient us toward civilization by giving us one degree of separation from earth.
This project looks down at mysterious and beautifully graphic manhole covers and elevates them to cocktail party status.
I am playing with casting manhole covers in glass and I love the thought of turning them into cake stands.
Let's reimagine the delicate, blandly uniform cake stands we have into robust, wryly subversive conversation starters. We can chat about high/ low art, consumer culture, and urban design as we indulge our food obsessions.
An awesomely cool urban cake stand will serve us in ways the current frou frou models don't. Artisinal cheese plates, bagna caudas, salt tastings, and pickled local vegetables will find solid footing while our favorite old fashioned cake recipes will find themselves elevated and suddenly cool.
I come to this project from a lifetime of seeking beauty but denying my artistic impulses. When I do allow myself to engage my less responsible inclinations - I study art. Casting always appeals. Large metal and small, concrete, resin, wax, plaster, and glass above all.
My initial thought is to kiln cast this in clear glass. Other thoughts: it might be even better in unlikely colors like a translucent bright pink; it could be hot cast cast or partially blown; it could include a metal or turned railroad tie stand instead of glass; it could even rely on a print or on a stamped metal inclusion for the imagery.
The end product should be more than cool and urban. It needs to be both aesthetically and intellectually engaging and crucially - this cake stand must be beautiful.