Day 306/365 of Steel – David Moreno

The steel sculptures by David Moreno

If you look at art by David Moreno from afar, they seem very energetic and expressive drawings made in pencil, coal or ink. But on closer inspection, these floating houses and stairs are even more impressive. Moreno blurs the line between 2D and 3D art, transforming lines and planes into something convex and tangible.

Golden Floating Favelas, 2020, Carbon Steel, Silver, Gold paint
Fig 1: Golden Floating Favelas, 2020, Carbon Steel, Silver, Gold paint

Sculptor David Moreno was born in Spain in 1978. For many years he lived and worked in Barcelona, and a few years ago he settled in Rotterdam. Moreno describes his works as “attempts to paint with the sculpture”. The sculptor uses hundreds of thin steel bars and long piano strings to create majestic cathedrals, small houses, and almost Escher staircases.

Infinitos II, 2022, Carbon steel, silver, paint
Fig 2: Infinitos II, 2022, Carbon steel, silver, paint

Work on each sculpture Moreno begins with a pencil sketch, then creates a computer 3D sketch – and only then begins working directly with the metal. At the junctions, the steel rods are welded together to enhance the effect of intersecting pencil lines. During exhibitions, Moreno’s sculptures are illuminated by spotlights, creating long soft shadows that contrast with the rigid vertical lines. According to the sculptor, this effect gives even greater depth to the “micro-atmosphere” he creates.

Summary 2020, Carbon steel, silver, paint
Fig 3: Summary 2020, Carbon steel, silver, paint

Source: USA Art News

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