Coal Planters by Fernando Mastrangelo and Boyd Holbrook


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The design for Fernando Mastrangelo and actor Boyd Holbrook’s coal planters was based upon the conceptual process by which they were made. Mastrangelo and Holbrook adapted the physical labor involved in mining, using shovels and heavy-duty machinery to manipulate the coal and create something unexpected, functional, and beautiful from a material that’s currently quite controversial. Inspired by Holbrook’s father, who was a coal miner for 40 years in Kentucky, as well as a cross-country motorcycle trip where the friends witnessed firsthand the hardships and devastation that impact the families of “coal country,” the planter form was chosen as a way to embody the poetry inherent in molding such a material to create life and growth. Commissioned by Sight Unseen for Field Studies, a benefit exhibition at Sight Unseen Offsite 2018. Net proceeds from the sale of this item will be donated to the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.