Terraform by Robert Cannon: Living Concrete and Moss Sculptures

Venus and Apollo Terraform Sculptures in Concrete and Moss by Robert Cannon

Terraform is a series of sculptures created by Robert Cannon which fuse the seemingly dichotomous mediums of concrete and plant. The sculptures feature moss, sedum and other small plant varieties at the points where adjacent hand sculpted concrete sections meet. These organic borders help define different portions of the sculpture, and the concrete contains complex integrated irrigation canals to sustain the plant life.

Hanging Garden Concrete and Moss Sculpture by Robert Cannon

Dog and Gauntlet Terraform Sculptures in Concrete and Moss by Robert Cannon

The sculptures derive their name from the concept of terraforming: the act of modifying a planets topography, ecology, atmosphere and temperature to make it habitable. The theoretical term translates literally as ‘earth-shaping’ making it a particularly apt name for a series of sculptures. The Terraform sculptures make interesting use of hollow doughnut shaped concrete modules which comprise many of the anatomical joints of the living subjects.

Terraform Statue Sculpture of Man and Woman by Robert Cannon in Concrete and Moss

“We’re watching a change on the relationship between Men and Nature and this modification will be reflected on the global art.”

– Robert Cannon, Obvious

Venus Terraform Living Sculpture in Moss and Concrete

“We’ve got to forget Post-Modernism; the Modernism isn’t dead, Ecological Art is the next chapter of its evolution and will be seen as the great artistic stream of this century.”

– Robert Cannon, Obvious

Laying Woman Concrete Plant Terraform Sculpture by Robert Cannon

Many of Robert Cannon’s Terraform sculptures run in a similar vein to Renaissance statue sculpture and focus on the human form, while others are distinctly abstract in composition. There’s something faintly post-apocalyptic about Terraform sculptures, with plant life recolonising man’s abandoned concrete structures, which actually occurred following the Chernobyl disaster.

Bucephalus Horse Head Terraform Sculpture by Robert Cannon

Opiary Totem Sedum Planter in Concrete by Robert Cannon

It’s not clear whether Robert Cannon and his team or artisans at the Opiary Studio are still active as his website is no longer active at the time of writing. I’ll include a link here incase this changes in the future, although Terraform works do appear to still be for sale through Bellissimo. These are mostly smaller scale Terraform sculptures such as the planters pictured directly above and below, and you’ll have to get in touch with Bellissimo via phone for any firm details.

Uroborus Terra Form Planter by Robert Cannon on Bellissimo Shop

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  1. Dmitriy

    Hola etoy buscando donde se puede comprar esculptiras de Robert Cannon

    Hello i em looking for bay and I can not find where

    Who can tell me where I can find

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