"I began collecting cracked and molten fragments of Empire bricks, the waste of one of the 140 brick plants that once lined the Hudson River, with the idea of using them as a clumsy and incompetent material to build something of a ruin, in anticipation of the inevitable. This idea of starting at the end point, of trying to build with material already ruined, seemed ironic in a very relevant way – with crumbling economic structures and failed industries, it seems like we live in an age when we stand on the debris of giants as much as on their shoulders.
The structures I create are not cemented together; I continuously re-organize the same bricks in a series of modular stacking patterns. They are not monoliths; they are monuments to impermanence.
Mathieu Bernard-Reymond is a French visual artist. For his series Monuments, he translated financial charts and statistics into 3d shapes, to later integrate them into photographic landscapes.
"By turning these curves and sculptural shapes into massive constructions close to memorials or monumental sculptures, I intend to reach something beyond data. My purpose is to underline their fundamental link to landscape and thus, to human and natural history."