Reece Terris - American Standard (2004)
“American Standard draws upon the ‘readymade’ and confronts its art-historical underpinnings (recalling Marcel Duchamp’s iconic Fountain), while imparting more than pure reference, as it extends beyond the object-oriented readymade into an architectural space. Rather than demonstrating how context produces meaning within objects, American Standard presents an environment in which objects re-contextualize their space, revealing architecture’s dependence on standardized form and socially assumed function within even the most private of public spaces.”
If you want one of the rarest bismuth crystals in the world, here it is!!! It was amazing seeing this creation come forth from the molten bismuth. Simply massive in size at 566 grams, and 4 1/2” by 4 1/8” by 3”. It has gorgeous pastel colors of greens, pinks, oranges, yellows, purples, blues, browns and golds.
Facts and strange things about Bismuth - "I grow all my own bismuth crystals out of 99.99% pure bismuth. The growing time is about 1 hour. Ever drink Pepto-Bismol? Well if you have, then you’ve swallowed some bismuth. Don’t be afraid. Pharmaceutical applications are one of the main uses of bismuth. Bismuth is the 83rd element on the periodic table of elements. It sits just to the right of lead. Which means it is a bit heavier then lead. Because it is non-toxic, bismuth is now being substituted for lead in shot gun shells. No more contaminating our ponds with lead. Bismuth also has a low melting point which is why it is used in overhead sprinkler systems". [Read More]