Road Workers and White Liners
by Josh Bitelli

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University of Brighton graduate Josh Bitelli has made a series of furniture and vases from asphalt and road-marking paint (+movie).

Road workers and white liners by Josh Bitelli

The Palmeira bench, cabinet and chair comprise asphalt moulded by hand over steel pipes while warm and pliable. The seams of the Repaired Vessels are defined with yellow paint.

Road workers and white liners by Josh Bitelli

Each was made with the help of workers at a road-resurfacing site.

Road workers and white liners by Josh Bitelli

Here's some more information from Bitelli:


Palmeira Bench, Cabinet, Chair and Repaired Vessels in asphalt and line paint

Road workers and white liners by Josh Bitelli

The complex web of roads spanning and dissecting Britain, like the railways, support and connect all other industries.

Road workers and white liners by Josh Bitelli

If laid well, roads have a lifespan of fifteen years. While these esoteric events are integral to the smooth running of everyday life, they are seen as little more than an inconvenience.

Road workers and white liners by Josh Bitelli

I have borrowed tools, materiality process and knowledge from these craftsmen. The manipulation of this very industrial material is a sort of speculative playfulness that could be applied to all other industrial activity.

Road workers and white liners by Josh Bitelli

While hinting at other lost potential, I direct a looking glass to the people behind these events and the energy that is spent to keep something seamless.

Road workers and white liners by Josh Bitelli

  • Jonh

    it looks like Maarten Baas clay furniture

  • ljkljk

    i agree, just with another material….

  • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

    Chairpopote

    (chapopote is the name we give to asphalt in Mexico)

  • tamura

    The first time it’s a (good) idea. The second time is just a copy…

  • http://buildingsandbeers.tumblr.com Michal

    I know that the purpose of school projects is to LEARN but maybe this application of asphalt isn't that great.
    Have you ever sat on the blacktop as a kid on a hot summer day? The asphalt leaves nasty brown stains on bare skin. Maybe this is different but the association still sticks with me.

    • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

      > “Maybe this is different but the association still sticks with me.”

      I see what you did there ;)

  • Terry Houng

    I have an asphalt roof. In the summer my chair legs sink into it. These chairs would be perfect because they would plug the damage.