The Decay of Time functional sculpture series by John Brevard celebrates the natural beauty of our world by using ancient, timeless materials from sustainable sources. Each piece is hand-made and hand-polished; therefore no two pieces are the same. For this collection, Brevard traveled the world, collecting coral that had washed ashore from beaches due to climate change and the acidification of our oceans. Believing the natural beauty of the coral should be preserved, the coral pieces were then placed in molds, with recycled zinc poured into the cast. The coral is burned out as the molten metal cools, leaving a beautiful yet haunting imprint set into the zinc. To contrast the cool, rugged texture of the cast zinc, Brevard inlays petrified wood into the zinc and polishes it by hand to a smooth sheen. The finished products are pieces of history set in poured molten metal, frozen in time.
Size: 15.5"H x 20.25"W x11.75"D Color: Light Brown and Silver
This piece was created by placing old coral into earth clay. The clay is made into a mold and zinc is casted with petrified wood, burning out the coral. This piece brings attention to humanity's poisoning of the oceans and the destruction of oceanic life.