What Would a Boulder Look Like If You Pulled It Apart?
About four years ago, self-taught sculptor Romain Langlois developed an interesting question.
What would it look like if you could pull a boulder apart?
We know that if you split a rock, you’ll get lots of dust and debris.
Langlois envisioned a different scenario, with the boulder trying desperately to hold onto its energy.
After making his first bronze sculptures with clay and plaster, Langlois realized he’d need something more permanent to create his envisioned effects.
That’s when he turned to bronze, and the magic started happening.
Trees, Rocks, Boulders, and More Get Bisected
Whenever Langlois shows off a bisected natural item, he incorporates bronze “ooze” that stretches from both sides of the object.
The best way to describe how these pieces look is to compare it to melted cheese.
Langlois creates a stretching effect with the bronze, similar to a stubborn slice of pizza that refuses to let go.
What is even more remarkable about his work is that many of the larger pieces can stand by themselves.
It creates a visual effect that suggests one of the sides is floating in the air.
Smaller Pieces Create a Raindrop Effect
When Langlois creates tree trunks, the bronze materials tend to coat the inside of the sculpture.
It’s almost as if the artist is making a statement to say that the sap equates to life as we know it.
For the smaller rocks that he creates, Langlois produces bronze that looks like the final splash coming from a stone thrown in a pond.
A single droplet extends from the natural item, speaking to the last gasp of hope that comes when a part of you feels like it is missing.
Some of the sculptures don’t include a complete separation.
In one unique piece, Langlois explores the rippling effect with a stone that only has a quarter cut out of it.
The bronze looks like water, frozen in time, while whatever impacted the surface begins to sink.
If you’re interested in looking at the current sculptures that Langlois has up for sale, you can view his current inventory on his Artistics page.