An artist in Austin, Texas, famed for his ‘hexobelisks’ forged from steel pipes and tubes, has opened an exhibition honouring the forces that are exerted on the built environment over time.
Colin McIntyre’s ‘Shrine of Inevitable Forces’ opened in early May and runs until June 9th, and its centrepiece is a large section of wooden flooring recovered from a closed-down industrial building.
The premises had been abandoned for some time, and the shifting surface has warped the wood into oceanic waves – a sinewy structure like too much carpet spread over a small room.
In one sense, the malleability of the wood contrasts with the sturdy ‘hexobelisks’ McIntyre is also known for, sections of steel pipes and tubes that are forged and hammered into obelisk-like shapes.
This recognition of changing forms is of course a central part of any sculptor’s skill, but in this artist’s case it is also the message portrayed by the finished works themselves.
“Shrine of Inevitable Forces is intended to be a thought-provoking reflection on transformation,” his website explains. “The materials of the constructed world appear inert and still within a short span of observation.
“The works depict the responses in the materials to adverse forces of immense proportions. The reluctance to conform is clearly visible in the graceful topology of the works in both steel and wood.”