The Brutus Pendant makes a bold statement with its raw beauty. Crevasses and spires form pathways throughout the piece to carry light from the pendant’s core. Depth of field increases or decreases dramatically by shifting focus, revealing the additional shapes concealed within. With a nod to the Brutalism movement of the 1960s and 70s, one can see echoes of American sculptor and furniture maker, Paul Evans in the Brutus. Evans broke away from his American Studio Craft counterparts by focusing not on wood but mixed materials, particularly metals: distressed and weathered steel, patinated brass and verdigris-crusted copper. Evans experimented with techniques bringing out an elemental aspect of his work while celebrating the beauty and raw nature of its imperfections.
David Kitts, Art + Alchemy’s Director of Design notes, “The biggest challenge on the Brutus was to keep the piece as raw and authentic as possible while maintaining our very high finish quality standards.” The results are three standard finishes that are very unique in both look and process.
The Clear Steel finish, a favorite of Jason Hancock, one of the designers behind the Brutus, accentuates the “halo” effect around the slag and molten metal that occurs during the plasma torching process.
The Soft Gold finish is a much more uniform finish that gives the piece a completely different attitude, one that is more mellow and contemporary.
The Rust finish is real. It is created on the Brutus by accelerating and controlling the oxidization process of each piece of steel through an in-house corrosion chamber. Once the desired level of oxidization is achieved, each piece goes through a careful cleaning process and is then sealed with a protectant coating to halt any further oxidization.
The Brutus can be customized in both form and finish.