CONCEPTUAL STUDY ‘GRAND HORNU’ (2014)

A temporarily crystallization of our ongoing research activities.

For the exhibition 'Le Labo des Héritiers' at the Le Grand Hornu art museum in Mons-Belgium, we used the context of the museum as an opportunity to transform some experiments we have been working on into sculpture. 

 
 

Photo’s: Pietro Carrieri

THE EXHIBITION

The museum as occasion to look freely into the future

 

The exhibition ‘Le Labo des Héritiers’ in the Museum Grand Hornu in Belgium ‘looks at the individual work done by the heirs of these renowned designers, architects and artists.’ Lowie and his brothers were invited to participate as the third generation of the artistic Vermeersch family. Lowie used the occasion to create with Granstudio a sculpture that can exist outside of the traditional ‘design boundaries’.

 

WHAT WE DID

We created a sculpture that suggests how technology can gives us back human simplicity.

 

In the conceptual study 'Grand Hornu', stereolithography is used to create an inner structure that provides both rigidity and inner air ducts. This allows for the management of airflows of an imaginary sports car in a radically different way. Resistant air enters the structure at the most efficient point in the front and is distributed internally to the essential organs: battery, engine, brakes and cabin.

This duality is reflected in the contrasting choice of materials: stereolithography for the complexity of the inner structure and plaster for the simplicity and tactile warmth of the exterior. The newest technology co-exists with the ancient and re-enables us to imagine the bodywork as pure, free of holes, more united, closer to our human nature.

The philosophy behind the exhibition is closely linked to the 'Future Primitive' theme that Lowie Vermeersch developed as curator for the Biennale Interieur 2012 where the advancement of technology was embraced not as a value in itself, but as a quiet enabler for a society that evolves closer to the needs of man and nature.

With many thanks to Ruggero Cateniello, Materialise and photographer Pietro Carrieri.

 
 
The Grand Hornu sculpture inspired us to create the inner airflows for the Dallara Stradale project.
— Lowie Vermeersch, Creative Director
 

OUR VIEW

Today vehicles are a very complicated puzzle of simple pieces that can be stamped. One day we’ll be able to invert this with additive manufacturing. Then vehicles can be made out of few but complex pieces, just like nature.

 
 

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