As technology permeates our culture, we spend more and more time connected to each other through our devices. With the prevalence of social media, It is easier than ever to have purely digital relationships. Humanity is the one thing that separates us from our machines.
2019, Paper mache, acrylic, sand, steel, 7’ H x 4’Ø
Steve Dellicarpini is a Bay Area sculptor mainly working in bronze and other cast metals. In a departure from his usual work, Dellicarpini is bringing together his love of the California coast with an acute awareness of the source and sustainability of the materials used in his art making processes. Tempus in Vitro, brings to light the issue of the global sand shortage focusing on coastal sand mining on the Monterey Bay.
Sand is the world's second most used natural resource after fresh water. Every minute, the total amount of sand contained in this hourglass is stripped from the Monterey coast by the Cemex Lapis sand mine and irreversibly transformed into building materials like concrete, glass and plastics. The rate at which this precious resource is being consumed is unsustainable and is causing irreparable damage like erosion and habitat loss. Tempus in Vitro translates literally to time within glass. With it, Dellicarpini has created a visual reminder of how humanity’s need to expand has started the clock on depleting the world’s sand supply.