We are usually most familiar with Cesar’s (1921-1998) Compressions. Carried out by means of a hydraulic press, a tool both random and mechanically organized, Compressions revisited the act of sculpting itself.

We are sometimes less familiar with his -contrasting- Expansions, here an Expansion cast in iron, a material in which the artist produced six unique pieces in 1991. Expansion N°1, Grosse ronde is paradoxical, as it combines the softness of its round shape with the roughness of the material, its surface showing a telluric aspect due to rust. To the randomness of the creative process is juxtaposed that of the transformation of the material in time, which makes this work both monumental and vivid.