IN: Inspiration


An inspiration to concrete sculptors, Benoist Van Borren explores subtlety and hidden details.


French sculptor Benoist Van Borren creates rough dense blocks cast in concrete. Upon closer inspection, these monolithic structures reveal subtle details that allow viewers to interpret the enigmas they present.

An architect with the soul of an artist, Van Borren draws from his imagination as well as mathematical concepts like the Golden Mean to sculpt his pieces. When viewing his work, one sees a reflection of order and chaos that stimulates the contemplative side of the subconscious.


Measuring no more than 300mm, the blocks that he designs pack a lot of meaning into a very limited space. Some of his works have been compared to Frank Lloyd Wright’s building blocks.

At first glance, the pieces he creates are dense and cold, but when studied further the intricacy reveals itself. His casting for “Concrete Invaders” reveals a playful side that reflects on heavily pixelated arcade games, such as Space Invaders, from the 1980’s. In contrast “BF-12-15” resembles a careful balancing act of concrete sections, revealing his understanding of the medium and the malleable nature of concrete. One of his more striking pieces is “BF-12-17”, a small concrete block that seems to be balanced on a collection of nails from one point of view, but when turned and viewed from a different vantage point, it seems to be expelling said nails.


Works like Van Borren’s show that straightforward shapes can be transformed through the imagination. So when thinking of an entry to submit into the PPC Imaginarium Awards, there is no need to investigate outlandish shapes – a simple shape such as a rectangle can indeed be transformed and given new meaning…

More of Van Borren’s work can be seen on his Saatchi Art profile page.



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