Lithoplast is composed of residues from industrial and anthropocenic waste streams. It is produced through geo-mimicking Metamorphism – the geological process that transforms minerals and rocks in the depths of the earth – and after heating can be shaped like clay and processed by hand into sculptural functional design objects. It questions what is man-made and what is natural born while illustrating shifts in material values and resources in a world heavily affected by humans.
Lithoplast is a new composite material that brings to life a speculative and scientific-based research into the future of plastic pollution and how it hybridizes into a new material in the geological strata of the earth. The name Lithoplast suggests its abilities: Lithos- meaning ‘stone’, and Plast, meaning ‘capable of being shaped or molded’.
Photo: Alan Boom