This interest in reconciling apparent opposites is reinforced by Hadcock’s choice of materials, juxtaposing the metallic bronze – a man-made material – against the rougher surface of the natural rock base. Whilst the casting of the bronze is an industrial process, Hadcock also places an important emphasis on craftsmanship; each piece is hand painted with coloured wax giving the bronze a unique character. This wax also acts as a protective layer, sealing the metal and thereby increasing the longevity of the work. This treatment of the bronze is another way of engaging with the geological resonances of the work’s title; just as the latter alludes to an ancient permanence, so the preservation of the bronze implies a continuing permanence and the idea of creating something with both a sense of the past and an unfolding future.
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