James' Scandinavian 'Grain of Soap'
After a year of preparation, Espen and his team of 8 students took delivery of more than 3000kg of Stephenson’s Crystal Natural HF to build something big..
As part of our continued search for innovative and interesting soap projects, we were proud to be a part of Scandinavia’s largest outdoor art exhibition, Sculpture by the Sea. Endorsed and opened by Crown Price Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, this biennial exhibition is a showcase for 64 artists from more than 20 countries.
The ‘Grain of Soap’ was the vision of Espen Brandt Møller. The idea was to magnify a single grain of sand 2500 times, and then create a model from a material that would weather and change over the month long exhibition, as a grain of sand would in the sea over hundreds of years.
Espen and his team decided to use Stephenson’s Crystal Melt & Pour Soap Base. With it’s easy processing and environmentally sympathetic ingredients, Stephenson’s new Crystal Natural HF was the perfect base to created the Grain of Soap.
Espen is a lecturer at MultiCentre Syd, a specialist practical school in Southern Denmark. This institution specialises in educating students in practical skills that generally fall outside of the mainstream curriculum.
After a year of preparation, Espen and his team of 8 students took delivery of more than 3000kg of Stephenson’s Crystal Natural HF Melt & Pour Soap Base in early May 2013. Following several weeks of intensive production, Espen and his team unveiled their piece at the opening of Sculpture by the Sea on Saturday 1st June 2013.
Measuring 2.5 metres tall, the Grain of Soap was the largest installation at the Århus Bay exhibition.
Every visitor seemed to stop, interact and explore the Grain of Soap. Initially expecting to feel the cold, hard surface of stone, members of the public were surprised to feel the soft and warm soap! With contact from each visitor the surface of the grain changed, slowly eroding the edges, and constantly changing.
With 27,000 catalogues sold, 2013 would seem to be the most attended Sculpture by the Sea to date.
We think this could be the biggest ‘Soap&Share’ project yet….What’s next?!