The traditional technique of faux bois, involving hand-applying concrete over a metal mesh frame, is used to create the Currey Hidcote Outdoor Table. It is enchanting in that it appears to sprout and grow right out of the ground. The piece is completed with a warm Portland finish.
Faux Bois – from the French for false wood – refers to the artistic imitation of wood or wood grains in various media. The craft has roots in the Renaissance with trompe-l’œil. Creating these works is at once complex, technically demanding and extraordinarily labor intensive. It involves first building a steel framework, referred to by sculptors as an “armature”, securing and forming metal mesh known as “lath”, then building up multiple layers of concrete, mortar and often pure cement paste. All the while, shaping, sculpting and detailing the material as it hardens.
Weight: 25 lbs