THE PLUS THEATRE

Business, culture and training meet natural stone

HERBARIUM MIRABILE
Hall 10

CURATOR AND AUTHOR: RAFFAELLO GALIOTTO

Historically, an herbarium is a collection of dried herbs that describes their medicinal virtues. To the less experienced eye, herbaria are also an exciting showcase of species that differ in their unique forms. Each variety arranged orderly on each page, attracts curiosity for the creative and often extravagant formal response that nature is capable of creating for the survival needs of the species.

The exhibition Herbarium Mirabile takes inspiration from these marvellous plant geometries to present itself to visitors as a lithic botanical garden composed of fifteen marble sculptures. All the artworks have been designed using advanced parametric 3D modelling software and crafted with high-precision computer numerical control (CNC) machines. Each sculpture is created through the synergistic collaboration of leading exhibiting companies in various sectors of the stone industry: machinery production, processing, and extraction. The decision to forgo traditional manual finishing techniques and the exclusive use of machines demonstrates the experimental and avant-garde nature of the exhibition, which aims to explore this new expressive language. Within a rectangular space enclosed by semi-transparent canvas walls, the artworks rise above flat slabs of Botticino marble resting on a bed of coarse gravel. The arrangement is irregular, but the sculptures are adequately spaced to allow visitors to explore each artwork.

ACANTHUS

Production
Gmm
Material
Vitoria Regia Verde by Brasigran

The project follows the symmetric compositional logic of leaves. The basic design of the lobe is composed of brush-brushed, curved paths tangent to the vertical axis of symmetry. The entire figure is obtained through specular repetition and scaling of the basic design. To complete the tripartite form, an undulating border is added, obtained through a double asymmetric but coinciding processing.

 

ACUTUM

Production and machinery
Prussiani Engineering
Tools
Diamond Service
Software
DDX
Material
Bronzite by Decolores

The tapered vertical shape of the artwork is achieved through milling with a disc on an interpolated lathe using individual staggered cutting paths orthogonal to the longitudinal axis. Note the slight tapering downwards achieved by gradually bringing the paths closer to the central axis.

ALOACEA

Production
Margraf
Material
Verde Giada

The tapered, curved, V-shaped cleft is the result of a double disc-milling pass at a variable angle on a three-dimensional toolpath. The consequent perimeter walls follow the same guideline that ripples on the two edges with a pointed, undulating movement.