Bench sculpted in black stone

Gustav Kraitz, Close Contact, 2008 © Gustav Kraitz / Bildupphovsrätt 2023


Gustav Kraitz

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Narrator: Gustav Kraitz finds his materials in the wild: clay, stone and metal. In Close Contact, the dark diabase is polished until shiny, and when it rains it turns black as coal. The shiny sections contrast sharply with the short sides, which are rough and bumpy. Things happen when you cut stone, says Kraitz. Close Contact is aligned with the quayside, where the waves gurgle constantly. It is easy to imagine how the stone has been shaped by years of softly lapping water.



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