This Public Art Piece by Daniel De Paula Showcase His Rock Collection

By: Christopher Magsambol - Nov 8, 2015
References: sp-arte & wallpaper
Many people choose to collect stamps or stickers, but Brazilian artist Daniel de Paula would rather collect rock samples. De Paula has gathered an enormous series of rocks through a series of geotechnical surveys he has done in Sao Paolo.

In his exhibition 'testemunho,' which means testimony, the artist placed his rock collection in a very strategic manner. The rock samples are arranged in chronological order according to their geological age. The drilled, cylindrical shapes are used to determine subsoil properties in civil engineering and consist of built-up sediment.

This site-specific piece is explained by the gallery as "a contrast of geological formation of the earth's crust and the time it took to construct the world's biggest cities." In using rock samples as his main medium, artist Daniel de Paulais explores the dialogue between art, architecture and the city in an interesting way.