Aqua Geode, 2018


This small bronze barnacle medal is part of a series of artwork by Kate Ive.

The ‘Zero Waste’ series re-imagines the detritus we are leaving behind. It explores the power of nature to transform, adapt and survive. The sculpture highlights nature’s ingenuity, restoration and reclamation of its landscape.

‘Aqua Geode’ addresses our alarming plastic waste, which is largely ending up in the oceans. On the obverse, a bottle lid cast in bronze shows a colony of barnacles taking over the interior space. They are making it their home. This suggests the lid has been discarded on the sea bed for some time. These barnacles are seen thriving and inhabiting this new imagined space. In doing so, they create a geode effect over the inside surface.

The reverse shows the outside of the bottle lid complete with all the original detail, including twist-off arrows and text. The lid and barnacles are cast in bronze.  Both have been delicately patinated in oceanic/crystalline colours. Together, they highlight the transformation of this threatening waste into a beautiful ‘geode’ and unifying the two parts.

This small bronze barnacle medal is an edition of 6. It is currently available for purchase. Please get in touch via the ‘Contact’ page to enquire.