Diamonds are a Dinosaur's Best Friend

This piece was inspired by those tangible legacies of prehistoric times—diamonds and dinosaur fossils—who’s inauspicious beginnings were dull carbon and decaying bodies. Forces of heat, time and pressure transform yesterday’s detritus into today’s priceless objects. Likewise, the investment casting technique used to make this piece transmigrates (in the scientific use of the word) wax into silver. Immutable diamonds and ancient volcanic obsidian; this piece is built to endure. The element of silver ensures its continuing evolution as it oxidizes and darkens with time though, keeping one foot in the past and one in the future.

This is the description for a new work in progress intended for the Woollahra small sculpture exhibition. Phillip has sourced some stunning cognac diamonds of the size and type I need for the new version of the Therapod in Silver and Stones. Just waiting to hear if it makes the cut for Woollahra or if it will have to wait for the Melbourne (Australia) City Library exhibition in November 2011 for its debut.

Natural cognac diamonds for work in progress

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