For the 2005 St Etienne design biennale I molded these pneumatic hammers on a real one, as a hommage to the miners. They dig out minerals which are then transformed to become the colours we use on our products, in particular céramics. These céramic hammers are enameled in chrome, lead, zinc, cadmium and cobalt. I thought about this work when, in 1998, I bought cobalt for intense blue color and I realised this was coming from Congo, where a war was going on. I then realised do have some responsibility buying anything here in Europe coming from abroad.
The mold for the pneumatic hammer counts 36 pieces of plaster and is a masterwork on its own.