The foundations of Venice consist of thousands of timber poles, driven into the lagoon’s caranto layer – a mixture of solid clay and sand situated at great depths. In spite of everything, Venice continues its fight against the muddy ground and ever increasing water levels. FishEye, which is sculpted by water, salt, shipworms and time, is a tribute to this epic submarine struggle that has transcended millennia. During their stay in the Laguna, these Oak logs are deeply sculpted by Teredo Navalis, shipworms that leaves traces of their passing on the wooden surface producing striking patterns of circular holes, whilst avoiding the inner core of the log, allowing it to maintain its health and strength. This creates a beautiful contrast between outer decay and inner robustness. The assiduous labour of the elements necessitates the replacement and scrapping of the poles, providing an organic material that has traversed by life. For the making of FishEye, alcarol dove into the waters of the canals of Venice and studied the characteristic environment in which these poles were forged. The project engages with the idea of submerged cross-section of this extraordinary setting. alcarol has patented an elaborate craftsmanship capable of filling only the empty spaces of the wood with a transparent resin and capturing the underwater air bubbles that bring the wood back to the original look and conditions. By filling the gaps left by shipworms with resin, alcarol achieves a new functionality with the poetic choice to bring the material beneath the water’s surface, freezing time at the end of its cycle and giving it a new life before it goes to waste.
Mint Gallery _ London
London Design Festival 2014
⌀ 37 x H 45 cm / Customizable Sizes, Design and Finishes
Bricola Solid Oak WOOD,
Extraclear Polished RESIN - Colorless or Aquamarine -
Swivel CASTORS or FELT hidden at the bottom.
Natural Wood surface not covered by resin on the section planes. Selective wood coating with matt natural effect.