In 2009, Peter Marino was gripped by the discovery of a boat that sank in 350 B.C. off the Turkish coast en route from Greece to Italy, which contained a cache of bronze works that were more than 2,000 years old. Captivated by the idea of a material that outlasts entire civilizations, Marino began to work with bronze, combining the architectural with the ornamental to create sculpted cast-bronze boxes.
The resulting works of art can take up to one year to produce and embody Marino’s deep connection to the traditions of bronze metalwork. The boxes are handmade at the Atelier St. Jacques, part of the Fondation de Coubertin, France’s national institution for crafts, manual work, and trades.
Each series of boxes is inspired by different organic and cultural influences, and the boxes are finished in a variety of patination techniques.
Represented by: Gagosian Gallery
Photography: Manolo Yllera © Peter Marino Architect
Photography: Luc Castel © Peter Marino Architect
Photography: Manolo Yllera and Maggie Nimkin © Peter Marino Architect
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