ROCK PAINTING DEVICE

As an introductory element to our Independent Exploratory Project, our brief asked us to design and build a 'device' that enhanced the natural environment of the Poltesco Serpentine Works Ruins at Carleon Cove, Cornwall. 

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To honour the 23 workers at the Works, I implemented my rock painting device using 23 Serpentine rocks hanging by a spiralling wooden frame that could be revolved by two handles to create paintings on the circular paper upon the base. The location of the Capstan ruin inspired the revolving form of my device.

The paints were made from Serpentine rock I hand sanded down to create pigments that were mixed with water, in which the rocks were dipped in to create the paintings. Other paint colours were created using berry juice from bushes around the site and the black sand on the beach.