Maarten Vanden Eynde

Brick Era

Around 2000 A.D.
Bricks and concrete
Variable size
Courtesy Meessen De Clercq Gallery

 

 

Naturally formed stones were omnipresent on our planet. You could find them almost anywhere on Earth; in the mountains, in the desserts and even in the oceans. Homo Sapiens Sapiens created two new kinds of stones: bricks and concrete. Slowly they took over the natural environment.

In the year 2013, in front of the entrance of Art Brussels, about two dozens of boulders and stones made from a massive wall of bricks were exhibited. They look familiar as if they are part of our unconscious or like we have seen them before somewhere, but they feel out of place, even out of time. They formed a pathway, creating both chaos and order, and allowing people to sit on them while they are waiting outside or smoking a cigarette. The bricks can be displayed both inside and outside and will probably survive us, since they have been regarded as one of the longest lasting and strongest building materials used throughout human history.