The world‘s first large-format carbon concrete sculpture CON-TEXTURES was unveiled on 30 November 2018 at one of the most important European textile conferences, the Aachen-Dresden-Denkendorf International Textile Conference, short ADD-ITC. The sculpture consists of two textile concrete shells with a height of 2.4 m and a wall thickness of 20 mm. It is reinforced with a carbon reinforcement and was created in exclusive collaboration with the Düsseldorf artist Thomas Schönauer.
In the CON-TEXTURES sculpture project, the latest research results in the field of carbon concrete by Professor Dr Thomas Gries, Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University, short ITA, meet the innovative drive of the visual artist Schönauer. Schönauer created freely curved sculptures made of concrete, which are 20 mm thick at a height of up to 5 m. They correspond as filigree surfaces in space with landscape, wind, waves, deciduous falls, rain, and so on.
Fibre-reinforced sculpture available at gallery
The sculptures have the clear material character of concrete, one of the most basic materials in today‘s functional landscape design. Thanks to the technical innovation of fibre-reinforced concrete, the shape of the sculptures can be completely different from that of concrete. The artist Thomas Schönauer was particularly interested in the filigree possibilities of the material textile concrete, the limits of which he was able to approach with the only 20 mm thin sculpture wall. From the artist‘s point of view, the ITA offered itself as an ideal partner through its many years of textile concrete history: Working with textile-reinforced concrete is one of the institute‘s most important areas of research.
Art and science have always been regarded as opposing, almost complementary disciplines. The CON-TEXTURES project will of course pursue the opposite strategy. It is not for nothing that great scientists and philosophers talk about the unity of beauty, truth and goodness.