While metal casting and mold making are Rory Mahon’s primary methods of object making, he has become increasingly fond of working with masonry and cement, and this led to the carving of Brick.
“Brick Bollard” is one of the last large pieces Mahon has carved. He begins by laying the bricks in a staggered bond pattern like any Mason would. After the mortar cures, he proceeds with grinding, sanding and polishing, much like carving stone. The brick, which is normally considered a lowly material, has such a rich surface, especially when polished. The deep, sensual red contains speckles of multi-colored grog which pop in the sunlight, if you look closely.