Through Stone and Glass, Ramon Todo Embeds Layers of History, Time, and Place

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a rock including an embedded section of layered of aquamarine glass

“Bois de Boulogne Paris.” All images © Ramon Todo, shared with permission

“Stone is like DNA that remembers the entire history of a place,” says artist Ramon Todo. Time is an overarching theme in the artist’s work, as he sees the layers of glass embedded in the rugged sculptures a representation of the concept. Referring to these transparent segments as “windows,” Todo hopes the viewer “will be able to imagine the memory, time, and place that the material holds.”

The Kanagawa-based artist sources materials with great consideration and believes objects contain information and energy specific to the places they once existed. Along with using basalt, coal, and Western philosophy books, Todo also recovers debris from architecture in Japan. Whether it be fragments from the Japan National Stadium or remnants from a demolished hotel, the artist cuts, polishes, and embeds past narratives within each layer.

See more of Todo’s work on Artsy.

tall pillars of basalt stand in a gallery, each including an embedded section of layered of aquamarine glass

“50 Column”

a chunk of debris from a hotel, including an embedded section of layered of aquamarine glass

“Hotel Okura Tokyo”

three painted rocks, each include an embedded section of layered of aquamarine glass

“Berlin Wall”

a tall sack of bricks stands in a gallery, including an embedded section of layered of aquamarine glass

“Column — Yokohama”

left: chunks of coal including an embedded section of layered of aquamarine glass. right: chunks of coal and glass in a wooden box on the floor of a gallery space

“Chikuho”

chunks of rocky debris among wires. several rocks include an embedded section of layered of aquamarine glass

Detail of “Japan National Stadium”

a rock including an embedded section of layered of aquamarine glass

Detail of “50 Column”

a stack of seven books, its pages replaces with an embedded section of layered of aquamarine glass

Book works

Karl Marx's

“DAS KAPITAL”

a book with a cross on the cover including an embedded section of layered of aquamarine glass

“Prayer Book”

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