Underground Souvenirs by
Maxim Velčovský for Mint


London Design Festival 09: Czech designer Maxim Velčovský of Studio Qubus presents a collection of objects covered in mineral deposits at Mint in London this week.

Called Underground Souvenirs, the objects are covered in a film of sediment as a result of being submerged in a mineral-rich thermal spring in the spa city of Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic.

Velčovský has used the process to transform items including a typewriter, lantern, and camera.

The collection is on show at the gallery as part of an exhibition called The Escapists, organised in collaboration with author Max Fraser, who identified the escapists as one of four London design tribes in the London Design Guide 2009 (see our previous story).

The exhibition continues until 27 September.

Photos are by Martin Chum.

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Underground Souvenirs for Mint
collection by Maxim Velcovsky/Qubus studio

This experimental collection owes its existence to natural sedimentation of minerals on the surface of various objects.

Each of them has been exposed for some time to the effects of mineral springs.

This immersion took place at a site where a legendary thermal spring erupts from the earth.

The spring, rich in minerals, bubbles out of the depth of the Earth in the spa city of Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad), Czech Republic.

A leaf from a tree falling into the spring where it flows into a river turns into stone. Just like in a fairytale!

This natural process of wrapping objects into a veil of sediment was an inspiration for my new collection entitled Underground Souvenirs.

Water covers the object with a film of minerals, as if the object lied hundreds of yards deep under the sea level for aeons.

Symbolically, the objects, sculptures and various still life sculptures become the fossils of their time, waiting to be explored and examined.

Posted on Thursday September 24th 2009 at 6:17 pm by Brad Turner. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • modular

    This looks like it’s made of cookie and I want to eat them all….

  • I don’t know about cookie but now you make me want one. Soon as I saw the picture and read the caption I immediately pictured some caves I’ve been spelunking to.

    An interesting approach to making something looked aged or archaic. The objects are cool in my opinion but the still life’s look like garbage. To an extent this is like building a chair, then pouring acid on it in the name of art and to make it look old and decrepit. The problem is it looks exactly like what it is and to what point does it serve.

  • yogesh

    they look like poo sculptures

  • Capstick

    Yogesh: I tottally agree with you.

  • Konga

    Especially the first one (Holy Shit).

  • yapada

    wel yogesh and capstick,
    then i want your poo….
    i am jalouse you can create this with your body…..

  • ObjectThinking

    Haven’t we seen this somewhere before?:
    Do objects really need to be mummified to make us value them?