Tokyo-born artist Ramon Todo creates unexpected sculptures by drawing upon basic, solid materials found in nature. To create each piece, he first locates stones and bricks discovered on personal walks through various landscapes. He then removes segments of the stone, which symbolize the history of the land in which it originated, and replaces it with layers of aesthetically beautiful, polished glass.
By blending the two opposite substances, Todo redefines the surface of the materials, creating a new and unexpected texture. The fragmented matter works closely together to form the rough, yet sparkling, sculpture, and the juxtaposition of the delicate material wedged between layers of hard, solid rock is visually exciting. In each piece, the rock is supported by the glass, redefining a typical understanding of stability and fragility. This unique approach to the natural forms challenges viewers to make sense of the contradictory concepts.