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Efesto Textile, from De Natura Fossilium collection

This is a Efesto textile. It was designed by Formafantasma, Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin. It is dated 2014. Its medium is basalt fiber, cotton.

The Efesto textile utilizes fibers created from basalt, a volcanic stone that is commonly produced from the lava of Mount Etna in Sicily, an active volcano. These basalt fibers are woven into a white cotton ground to create both figurative and natural shapes. Formafantasma, founded by Trimarchi and Farresin in 2009, explore the origins, production, and contemporary narratives of materials throughout their work.

It is credited Courtesy of Gallery Libby Sellers, London.

  • Textile, Stones
  • linen, cotton.
  • Gift of Alexander H. Girard.
  • 1969-165-1203

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Its dimensions are

H x W: 190 × 120 cm (6 ft. 2 13/16 in. × 47 1/4 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.

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