Jesse Ede’s vision for Solar Portal was to create a large-scale artefact reminiscent of ancient Egypt, whose people worshipped the sun god Ra. The textured bronze surface of this wall-based circular panel – the result of open-cast smelting – gives way to a mirror-polished oblong area in the centre. The panel portrays the sun opening up with a portal that in-turn reflects the viewer, or worshipper, inside it. Jesse is a self-taught designer who favours a materials and process-driven approach. Working primarily in aluminium, stone, bronze and brass, he looks to celebrate the rawness of uncontrollable outcomes, from processes that are uncommonly used.
Open cast and polished bronze
100 x 100 x 5 cm