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Classical architecture carved into stones and marble blocks by Matthew Simmonds

British artist Matthew Simmonds is fascinated by classical and sacred architecture and, as an ode to them, carves intricate realistic interiors into dense stones and marble blocks.

Making a play of architectural spaces on a small scale, the solid stone into which the sculptures are carved is opened up to reveal intricate internal worlds in which the changing viewpoint and light play a strong role in defining the sculptures. Inspired by a life-long fascination of stone buildings, and drawing on skills learnt as an architectural stone carver, Simmonds’ work takes stone architecture, and particularly sacred architecture, as a central theme. Drawing on the formal language and philosophy of architecture the work explores themes of positive and negative form, the significance of light and darkness and the relationship between nature and human endeavour.

Matthew Simmonds

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Curated by Leandro Limolive

CEO-founder of Visualflood. A Brazil-based amateur fine art photographer, among other things, who loves visual arts, nature, science, and innovative technologies. You can follow me on Facebook and Instagram.

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