Earthcastings

Various locations throughout the world

We have provided structural consultation for many of Thomas Sayre’s (of Clearscapes in Raleigh) “earthcasting” sculptures, a technique invented by him. Each sculpture is made from reinforced concrete poured or sprayed directly into a trench cut into the earth. Once the concrete has cured, the sculpture is then pulled out of the ground with a crane and set onto an engineered footing below-grade. A second footing is poured on top of the first to encase the sculpture and stabilize it from wind and earthquake forces. Earthcastings grew out of Thomas’s artistic philosophy and his desire to establish an affordable way of working in a large, landscape-size scale where there is an inherent relationship between art and physical context.