Brad Spencer’s realistic brick sculptures
Taking up the ancient technique used by the Babylonians, Brad Spencer moulds the classic red bricks, transforming them into sensational all-round sculptures.
American artist Brad Spencer has managed to find a way to integrate sculpture and architecture. The starting point for his work is the bricks with which he does not build walls or walls of houses and buildings. Using a technique that is thousands of years old, Brad moulds the classic red bricks into the faces, hands, and arms of the characters in his sculptures.
His work follows the same principles with which the Babylonians made architectural works such as the Ishtar Gate, the clay bricks are carved and, only once they have reached the desired shape, are fired at a temperature of about 2000 degrees Fahrenheit (just over 1000 degrees Celsius). Only once all the pieces have been fired is the work assembled.
Brad’s favourite subjects are people and his works are always the vehicle of a strong message, for this reason the sculptures are rarely closed in museums and galleries, but are exhibited in the street and in public places, visible to all.
The disarming effect of looking at his works is due to the fact that an element connected to architecture is used in a different context than usual.