‘Indeterminate Structures of Repair’ by Maxwell Fertik reimagines Knotweed as an abundant and valuable natural resource that can be used in design. Knotweed was introduced into America around the mid-1800’s and since has rapidly overtaken native plant species. It is extremely resilient and when exterminated or cut down it often grows back stronger than before.
To create his structures, Fertik chopped Knotweed down into small chips and then combined them with a binder. The pulp like mixture was then molded by hand and cast using found bricks and wood. The result is earthy, uneven sculptures that aim to celebrate the raw material that they are made from.
Location – United States
Photo Credit – Maxwell Fertik
Website – www.maxwellfertik.com