Dripped wax has frequently been used in art works throughout the 20th Century. However, an American designer has taken the craft one step further and created these wonderfully original dripped wax furniture pieces which make up the Oroboros Collection. Anyone who has visited a stalactite cave will immediately be reminded of the beautiful forms the furniture takes and this is no surprise as these natural wonders were highly significant influence on Adam Cottingham’s work.
The creation of the dripping furniture is nearly as remarkable as the gradual formation of real stalactites. Hot wax was gradually dripped and left to dry before more hot wax was dripped, and thus the process was repeated until an item of furniture such as a table or chair was formed. A mixture of chaos and control was attained and much like molten lave flows, the work seemingly took on a mind of its own. As each drop of wax fell and hardened, it became for Cottingham a kind of balancing act and the artist became more of an observer than controller. Finally, when complete, the hardened wax furniture was cast in metal so as to be ready for presentation and indeed, use.
The Oroboros name comes from the ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail. It symbolises the endless cycle of life, death, and rebirth, thus becoming a significant title for this collection of work which reforms one substance into another and indeed into a completely different form. The destruction of a candle becomes something new and the fire creates when otherwise it destroys. There is a lot of philosophical food for thought with such an interesting melted wax collection of furniture.
They are available for purchase. Contact the artist directly for more information.
His website can be found here: Adam Cottingham’s Oroboros.