The image of disembodied work, of labour without labourers, sets a condition for reflection on the process of value creation, configured here in allegorical form. The inchoate liquid material achieves commodified shape as ingots of precious metal, produced in the absence of human agency. Manual physical labour at the base of resource economies and heavy industries is generally low-paid, expendable and invisible, particularly in its new offshore iteration, but on it depends the massive profits generated above.
The work forms a representation of the critical transformative moment in an industrial foundry, when molten metal is poured from crucible to mold. Stacked ingot molds are arranged in a pyramid underneath; these rest on a low walkway grating forming a base for the piece. The solidified pour of bronze acts as support for the crucible held in its shank, and the arrested bronze cascade diminishes from the upper mold to the lower.
Originally intended for a bank, this piece brings the factory floor to the city centre while directing attention toward the metaphysics of profit-generation within multinational service industries.