Today I poured concrete. I mixed up the cement with water and had to quickly put it where I wanted as it was rapid dry. It is good stuff to put in fence posts with or build a little walk way. I am using it to make garden art and continue my love affair with stucco.
As I worked digging my hands into the sloppy mixture it started to get hard. When I dug in for the third time the mixture was HOT. It was setting so quickly that it was curing as I moved it around.
I thought that if we could somehow harness this heat we could make wheels go around and harness the energy to power some light bulbs or whatever else we need. This heat comes from the concrete and apparently it will continue to cure and harden for the next fifty years. That means the big cement buildings must still be giving off heat even years after they are built.
This link talks about recovering some CO2 from the curing process.
I poured the cement into a bag and as it hardened into concrete I took off the bag and felt the heat.
There is a certain thrill in the creative process because you are always discovering something you hadn't realized was possible before. I am always learning. I think it would be great if an old lady puttering in her back yard came up with a way to power the world thru curing concrete.
Meanwhile I will have to just be happy that this new way of getting a stucco sculpture to be born is exciting enough. I can't wait to paint my little islands and populate them with stucco figures.
Next I am going to make Stucco Clouds. Maybe I can figure out a way to get them to evaporate.
So many ways to make Art...
Most of the Art I do is fun and benign but I like to think I have a deeper level too that explores the source. I am interested where things begin and end.
That is why I am happy with this new line of sculpture that has an Apocalyptic flare.
I know there is a way to harness the power of the wind and the waves.
There is a candle in one of the windows. I like the idea that Art is Alchemy. I can change the basic elements of earth into buildings and the sea. One of the most important sources of energy in the world is our imagination.
There is so much going on around us all the time. Power.
In the second Apocalyptic Sculpture I put two figures peering out of one of the windows as their little island is awash in high seas. I almost painted one figure but it was too lonely. It would be nice to have company at the end of the world.