Arcangelo Sassolino

Arcangelo Sassolino
Afasia 2 (2008)
Steel and nitrogen compressed at 250 bar

"Three steel objects relate the development of a single idea over several years. The first version, a cylindrical form almost two meters in length produced in 2005, contained nitrogen compressed at 220 bar.
The prototype of the group, it was subsequently destroyed by the artist. The second and third versions*, more spherical in shape and produced in 2007 and 2008 respectively, hold within them an even higher level of potential energy and weigh upwards of 600 kilograms (21,000 pounds) each.

They were designed by the artist together with Pietro Florential, a northern Italian company who also produced them, and constructed through the fusion of two semi-spherical caps normally used to seal the end of a piping infrastructure network.
Welded together over the course of two intense days, the objects were then subjected to static test in order to measure their capability to withstand extreme fluctuations of temperature and pressure.
Both objects were subsequently approved for public exhibition by officials from Burreau Veritas and the European Community."
(text from Arcangelo Sassolino JRP|Ringier, 2008)

*Afasia 2 is the third and final piece. The former two were both untitled.