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Starling, Simon

Project for a Rift Valley Crossing

The transformation of materials from one state to another, as well as circular journeys both real and metaphorical, form a large part of Simon Starling’s work, which he has described as ‘the physical manifestation of a thought process.’ Project for a Rift Valley Crossing (2015–16) saw Starling construct a canoe out of magnesium extracted from 1,900 litres of seawater. The work evolved from the artist’s interest in the British engineer Frank Kirk, who in the 1980s built light-weight magnesium bike frames using the same method.

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