“Concrete Expansion” by Thomas Canto in Rouen, France
French urban artist Thomas Canto recently unveiled his new work in Rouen, France. The permanent artwork can be seen at the Hermione building. It’s made of painted steel and its dimensions are 10 x 6 x 5 meters.
“Concrete Expansion” has been created in close collaboration between Thomas Canto, the developer and architect team all along the process in order that the sculpture interacts perfectly with the structure of the building. The structure gives a feeling of development, expansion to the viewer and makes the building alive.
These effects directly refer to the characteristic optical art part of Thomas Canto works. At the same time, the artwork refers to Brutalism architecture, magnifying the raw concrete material used for the construction.
Thomas is known for his work distorting speed and city structures until their original forms are effectively unrecognizable. His works are precise and geometric in nature, using boundary lines to delineate spaces where tension can be released. He relies on light and shadows to compose his pieces with reflective effects, sometimes layering moving images with video projector mapping over sculptures to rebirth the pieces into installation art.
Pieces by Thomas Canto depict a fine and detailed world of cities and interactions between humans and their urban environment. Containing modern components, his pieces are all accented with his unique individual flair. Additionally, the artist considers the many reiterations of daily life in the city and works to convey the chaos of the scenes through a variety of elements bending together.
Check out below for more photos of his latest work.
Photos by Julien Tragin