Cumbrian Bone Marble

United Kingdom

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These materials contain 3 different types of bones: the simple white bone, burnt bone (with a black pattern) and a mix of both.

The narrative of the Cumbrian Bone Marble is based on the 2001 Foot and Mouth Disease episode. Cumbria was the most affected region in UK and to avoid the propagation of the virus, million of animals were incinerated and buried in pits. This scenario speculates that the geological processes exerted to this pile of bones would produce the Cumbrian Bone Marble, that could become a valuable resource mined in the future.

Yesenia Thibault Picazo manufactures minerals out of the materials most often used by humans. Aluminum, bones and plastics are employed to create a ‘material library out of future geology’. The resulting collection consists of intriguing rocks that Thibault-Picazo refers to as PPC (Pacific Plastic Crust), Cumbrian bone marble and Aluminum nuggets. The Anthropocene era is a new geological epoch evidencing the impact of global civilisation on Earth. The term was coined a decade ago by Paul Crutzen and suggests that humankind has become over time a global geophysical force intertwined with the most powerful forces of nature. Through the collective actions, we spread specific elements in nature, rare in the pre-human era, which will become prevalent sediments, building up the future planetary strata. Observing this shift, Yesenia catalysed the slow geological phenomenon to manufacture human-made minerals out of the most distinctive materials of our epoch (aluminium, bones, plastics). She elaborated material tales which offer an extreme projection of what could become the terrestrial minerals eventually mined and used by craftsmen in a far future.

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