Carbon Rock Globul Golf

Of all the creatures, this one is the slowest. Its movements are barely perceptible. Planted on the ground, it uses golf balls to get a 360-degree assessment of its surroundings. Capturing air-borne particles, it derives its energy from specks floating about in the atmosphere.

Part of the "The Neo-organisms" series

Photos : Gildas Paré

Technique

Concrete poured into a silicone mold with a steel parts and embedded with resin golf ball casting.

SIZE

Height: 9.8 inches
Diameter: 19.7 inches

Carbon Rock Globul Screws

This little rover gets around quickly, a veritable sprinter. Armed with crystal hex screws, it also possesses a protective brass shell. Thus equipped, it uses all its shininess to scare away predators during its outings.

Part of the "The Neo-organisms" series

Photos : Gildas Paré

Technique

Concrete poured into a silicone mold with a steel base and embedded with resin screws. Shell made by metalworking two brass plates.

SIZE

Height: 11.8 inches
Diameter: 7.9 inches

Carbon Rock Globul Wine

The source of life is matter, and carbon has become the way humans understand and control the environment. In this project, carbon becomes a rock, bringing certain organisms to life. By mimicking what it encounters in its environment, this creature integrates the crystal stoppers of wine carafes, which allow it to explore its habitat. Always in motion, it scours the relatively flat ground for food and necessities.

Part of the "The Neo-Organisms" series

Photos : Gildas Paré

Technique

Concrete poured into a silicone mold with a steel base and embedded with molded resin pieces.

SIZE

Height: 19.7 inches
Diameter: 11.8 inches

Carbon Rock Wall Light

The resilience of the living allows incredible beings to arise. Why not a luminescent organism wrapped in crystals? Mobile and elegant, it roams the floors and walls of this new world where humans are no more. It uses light to communicate with others of its kind. This light also protects it from predators...

Part of the "The Neo-organisms" series

Photos : Gildas Paré

Technique

Concrete poured into a silicone mold and embedded with resin crystals.

SIZE

Height: 9.8 inches
Diameter: 19.7 inches

Carbon Rock Coffee Table

A mindful rock, hard and black, that brings to life the crude underlying base. Mineral and organic, as if from the volcanic entrails of a world sprung forth from the ruins of humanity. This is my philosopher’s stone, sculpted like a natural crag, finding form in a coffee table.

First piece of the "The Neo-organisms" series

Photos : Gildas Paré

Technique

Mass casting of aeronautical carbon powder with limestone inclusions for the table top. Raw steel base with brass patina.

SIZE

Height: 18 inches
Width: 46 inches
Depth: 26 inches

Beyond Humans: Resilience of the living

Natural or manufactured? Good or bad?

Humanity is so self-absorbed. We sometimes forget that we belong to the living world. Ever since Eve ate the apple, we have distanced ourselves from the world to become a separate entity — partly primeval and natural, and partly artificial and self-made.

And yet, like termites or polyps, we are all living beings more or less capable of complex organic processes. A glass bottle, a truck, a nuclear power plant, a termite mound or a coral reef... Are they not all just the result of some biological process?

Hence, everything humankind makes can only be natural.

The human brain, along with all its capacities, is perhaps the ultimate evolution of a natural process that started billions of years ago with cyanobacteria, the progenitors of our oxygen-rich atmosphere. From oxygen came nature, giving us the ability to do everything we’ve ever done and will ever do. We are not just surrounded by nature. We are nature.

Nature and the imprints of living things.

Even if we are only passing through, our imprint on nature will last long after we’re gone. Five mass extinctions in the past have led to our existence today. Glaciation, ocean anoxia, volcanic cataclysm, plate tectonics, meteorites... All these natural phenomena have resulted in the disappearance of more than 75% of living things, thus creating an opportunity for other life to evolve and to arise. That which we consider today as artifacts or artificial structures will be nothing but the natural imprints that humans leave behind.

Far from being the center of the universe or even the cause of its ruin, our species is just one of the many contributors to the evolution of life. A positive, realistic and collective way of viewing ourselves as a mere fragment of life’s history, on Earth and in the universe.

After us, the neo-organisms.

What if this quantity of carbon that we produce, and the traces of our passage on Earth, became the fertile ground of new life forms — new species? And what if this deep, dark element that seems to be leading us to our extinction were to become a luminous source of life?

The “Neo-organism”, a voyage after another million years of evolution, long after we’re gone. What will spring forth from our ashes?

Carbon Rock Side Table

A tabletop supported by an organic structure, like an offering to a guest. A chalice of water, like the primordial puddle from which life emerged. Golden bursts and icy shards, like tiny treasures as precious as uncut diamonds, represent the dawn of life.

First piece of the "The Neo-organisms" series

Photos : Gildas Paré

Technique

Resin casting loaded with carbon powder and charcoal for the aerospace carbon fiber tabletop. Resin veneer with inclusions of glass and brass fragments. Raw steel base with brass patina.

SIZE

Height: 35.5 inches
Diameter: 23.5 inches