Cubes for Decomposition

Calvin S. Moore's avatar Calvin S. Moore

The piece is made up of laminated cardboard, cut into 3.25" cubes which are then glued together to make a form for concrete. The forms are restricted to 4 X 4 X 4 cubes dimensionally, this would give a total of 64 possible cube spaces. By making each form with 32 cubes only, glued in any combined way and not exceeding 4 cubes in any direction, an equal amount of positive and negative space is created. Let's call each form a module. The cardboard is serving as a positive at this point. The remaining space is then filled with concrete, now the entirety is a positive. (An infinite number of modules can be joined together in infinite ways.) The piece is then left to weather and decompose, obviously the cardboard will decompose first, thus the original positive has become negative space and vise versa. Eventually the concrete will decompose too, which will take a long time. And so the element of time is a function in this piece. Ideally this is a permanent installation.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Time-Based
  • Depth: 39 inches
  • Medium: Cardboard/Concrete
  • Width: 39 inches
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 39 inches