Objects are merely decorative ornaments until they become useful, but there must be some visual and/or emotional engagement to draw a person first to an object. “Remnants” is inspired by the architectural vernacular and material culture of Portugal. Concrete, cork, and cedar are all present both within the built and natural landscapes of Portugal. The form language of this piece is rather simple, distilled to that of an arch. The bold form draws the eye, but the material itself invites the hand to touch and engage with the surface. The material is a composite, comprised of a mixture of cork and concrete — essentially a terrazzo. The material becomes ornament.
The surface, as a result of the introduction of the cork granules, delights both visually and tactilely; smooth and rough, cold and warm, the field crowded and clear. The cracked and crumbling facade, a byproduct of the casting process, celebrates the dichotomy of control and the lack thereof. This investigation redefines ornament from applied or stagnant to integral and active.