Date: October 2019
Material: Natural wood matchsticks, super glue
The act of balancing simple shapes has always been intriguing – the sense that nothing is holding them up except for themselves. Tulio Pinto uses gravity and the tension and structure of architecture to create his pieces, balancing large cubes on their corners or using the tension of bands to hold blocks at angles. Using natural wood matchsticks, there was a recreation of this sense of tension, gravity and structure. Creating cubes were the quickest way to investigate these elements, with noticeable effects after the first model. The way in which the two cubes were slotted together would largely affect their relationship. Experimenting with the cubes in different formations within each other allowed the play with gravity. Much like the repetition and multiplication in the large institutional-based sculpture of Tony Smith, these cubes repeated themselves while all looking unique.