Sidewalk kintsugi: repairing cracks with gold

Artist Rachel Sussman discovered the ancient art of kintsugi, repairing cracked vases with gold, and applied it to cracked pavement and flooring for her Sidewalk Kintsukuroi series.

Sussman tells Hyperallergic's Allison Meier:

“It was the spring of 2014, right as my book, The Oldest Living Things in the World, was just coming out,” Sussman told Hyperallergic. “I had spent 10 years looking at ancient organisms who have withstood the test of time. I was already connected to the aesthetic philosophy of wabi-sabi inherent in the work and the organisms themselves: quiet and imperfect, bearing the proud patinas and injuries of age, while flirting with the boundaries of permanence.”

For an overview of the philosophy of kintsugi (literally "gold-joining"), check out this video:

An Artist Mends Cracks in the Sidewalk with Gold (Hyperallergic)

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  1. Franko says:

    as a life-long pedestrian and non-driver, i love this. what a great idea!

  2. I'm pleased to see that all of the many masonry cracks I have filled with epoxy may now be referred to as "installations."

  3. Something almost similar: I have seen locations where a downed power line hits a sidewalk and pits the concrete. Often, those pits are at least partially filled with copper from the sparking line, visible with green verdigris. Really quite cool.

  4. Brother, can you spare some gold?

  5. soulb says:

    "Honey, where did you put the gold? I broke a plate."

    It's great to have enough gold lying around to just fill in cracks in things and stuff. I used to use glue but I ran out and was like - well, I have this gold I guess I can use this.

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