terrestrial sedimentary rock

from the precipitation of carbonate minerals 

from solution in ground and surface waters, 

geothermally heated hot-springs

 

scars, breaks, cracks

in white, tan, cream-colored, and even rusty

fibrous appearance

 

stalactitesstalagmitesspeleothems

inhaling, exhaling

let there be light

blown borosilicate glass debris

silica plus boron oxide

shaped through the breath of Hephaestus

 

god of craftsmen, god of fire,

blown glass hypnotises

it triggers a mystical fascination

possessing an esoteric sensuousness

 

amorphous material 

that resonates with bright minerals 

fragile hardness crystalizes

it brings danger, its razor-sharp edges

or high temperatures when in viscous state

this is the music of glass: 

Hephaestus touching the lightest of breaths

filling you with silent voices 

that separate blowing air from turbulence

 

first steps of glass, creeping crash

craftsman voice and crystal beats, slinking and crawling  

workshop ambience: blowtorch, wheel is an instrument 

rhythm of the glass as a bell with the panoramic of spatial perception

crystal beats and falling glass echoes the trauma

carbon tools dinging, fire melting, gas and silica 

 

silica is the major compound of sand

in many parts of the Earth crust 

crust, glass, sand, dust, travertine

calcium carbonate, oxide of silicon, oxide of boron,

fluxing agent, all at once,

singing, dancing, breaking the floor

shouting, blowing, flaming, caressing!

 

glass and travertine celebrate in the pavilion a ritual

between the discovery and the funeral ceremony,

between the mortuary and what is revealed to you

an archaeological stratigraphic excavation 

or awkward treasure from the past

 

a cycle of birth, death, and rebirth

 

life embracing death

celebrating the acceptance of their shadows 

with the desire that nothing and everything last


Stella Rahola Matutes+Roger Paez
+MEATS 2019-20 STUDENTS
Dalia Al-Akki, Jana Antoun, Juan Arizti, Marta Borreguero, Elena Caubet, Ines Fernandez, Tanvi Gupta, Stephanie Ibrahim, Tracy Jabbour, Yunling Jin, Jad Karam, Selen Kurt, Alexa Nader, Joelle Nader, Assil Naji, Mokshuda Narula, Tiago Rosado, Eirini Sampani, Montserrat Sevilla, Brentsen Solomon, Kuan Yi Wu
+MEATS 2020-21 STUDENTS
Agustina Angelini, Chloe Rood, Dasstan Bissen, Elsa Pacheco, Gala Knoph, Giulia Tufariello, Irini Vazanellis, John Gillen, Julia Llorens, Liana Kalaitzoglou, Malak