Isaac Cordal is a Spanish artist who since 2006 has placed miniature sculptures in public places around the world as part of an ongoing series called Cement Eclipses. His work has been seen in countless cities such as New York, Paris, Berlin, Bogotá, London, Hanoi, Brussels, Amsterdam, and San Francisco.
Cement Eclipses is a critical definition of our behavior as a social mass. The artwork aims to catch the attention of our devalued relation with the nature through a critical look at the collateral effects of our evolution. With the master touch of a stage director, the figures are placed in locations that quickly open doors to other worlds. The scenes zoom in on the routine tasks of the contemporary human being.
Men and women are suspended and isolated in a motion or pose that can take on multiple meanings. The sympathetic figures are easy to relate to and to laugh with. They present fragments in which the nature, still present, maintains encouraging symptoms of survival. The precariousness of these anonymous statuettes, at the height of the sole of the passers, represents the nomadic remainders of an imperfect construction of our society. These small sculptures contemplate the demolition and reconstruction of everything around us. They catch the attention of the absurdity of our existence.
Isaac Cordal is sympathetic toward his little people and you can empathize with their situations, their leisure time, their waiting for buses, and even their more tragic moments such as accidental death, suicide or family funerals. The sculptures can be found in gutters, on top of buildings, on top of bus shelters; in many unusual and unlikely places.
“With the simple act of miniaturization and thoughtful placement, Isaac Cordal magically expands the imagination of pedestrians finding his sculptures on the street.” – Steven P. Harrington, Brooklyn Street Art
Photo by Ian Cox