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06 May 2011

Carpet Bombing Culture presents new book: Cement eclipses, small interventions in the big city

Cement eclipses
Carpet Bombing Culture


Book launch and exhibition. Cement eclipses, small interventions in the big city. From 26 to 28 May 2011 at Pure Evil gallery, London.

Gary Shove

The Pure Evil Gallery
108 Leonard st
Ec2A 4RH London

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Cement Eclipses published by CarpetBombingCulture is the first time images of renowned artist, Isaac Cordal's cement sculptures have been seen together in book form.

Cordal's sculptures take the form of little people fashioned from concrete and placed in 'real' situations. They are like little magical gifts to the public that only a few lucky people will see and love but so many more will have missed. They can be found all over the world … perhaps in gutters, on walls, on street signs, on top of bus shelters. What really makes these pieces of art magical is their placement. They express something vulnerable but deeply engaging. Left to fend for themselves you almost want to protect them in some way, or perhaps communicate with them.

Of course, the 17cm high sculptures of people in everyday poses are not real, but the scenes in Cement Eclipses are somewhat poignant. Cordal manages to capture a lot of emotion in his vignettes, in spite of their lack of detail or colour. He is sympathetic toward his little people and we empathise with their situations, their leisure time, their waiting for buses and their more tragic moments such as accidental death, suicide or family funerals.

Cement Eclipses is the first time his images have been shown together in one book dedicated to his work. Many images have never been seen before.

Isaac Cordal is Spanish and lives in Belgium, however, he is available for interview w/c 3rd May and w/c 9th May

Cement Eclipses from Isaac Cordal
Published by CarpetBombingCulture
Price: £12.95
Hardback, full colour. ISBN 9780955912184
Publication date: 9 May 2011
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There are also special edition copies complete with cement sculpture available from