Matthew Simmonds is a Copenhagen-based artist who carves miniature basilicas, rotundas, pillars, and passages from marble and stone. We first discovered his stunning craftsmanship in 2014 and took note of his masterful art—a combination of the skills he acquired as a professional carver and his continuing interest in sacred stone buildings that dates back to childhood. With care and precision, he uses the conventional commandments of architecture to explore the thematic implications of different sculptural forms. Simmonds’ pieces range from modern, clean-lined caverns to more ornate church-like chambers. He experiments with his materials as well, whittling with varied tones and textures of earth-made mineral matter. Each edifice is strongly informed by shifts in viewpoint and light—different angles expose different details to define the small spaces. There is something soothing about the sculptures, suggesting, perhaps, that we can see situations more clearly when we scale them down…

Source: Sculptor Carves Ornate Architecture Interiors into Small Blocks of Marble and Stone – My Modern Met

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