Copper has become a fashionable material. Products in copper are part of many design collections, in many cases for commercial purposes. It has become a one-dimensional material, that is often applied as a skin that sells the product. However, there is much more to say about this intriguing material than that it is simply beautiful.The world’s hunger for copper is ever increasing. Huge amounts of ore have to be taken from the earth’s crust to supply our industries with enough copper. Probably without knowing, we all contribute to this when making a phone call, driving a car or simply switching on the light. It has become an indispensable material in our daily lives.
The mines that are the source of the ore, are very intriguing. Their immense scale, relief patterns and the colors of the ore and rocks, are often very beautiful. However, at the same time these mines are scars in the landscape, made by immense machines and the brute force of explosives.
To further show the scale of the intriguing open pit mines, a 3D model of a copper mine in Chile has been made. The digital model was made from the satellite images, then 3D printed and used to make a sand mould. In the sand mould bronze (90% copper/10% tin) has been cast. After un-moulding the bronze piece, the casting channels have been removed and further finished to become a bowl like object.
Project intern: Charline Ronzon-Jaricot