At the foot of innovation

“El Materoccon” is the title of this sculpture that represents an enormous foot. The sculptor, Gonzalo García, chose ACCOYA® wood for its beauty and its resistance in exteriors.

Art has been around for as long as human beings have. There are palaeolithic examples of paints, decoration and engravings, as well as, of course, sculptures, that were initially carved in stone or bone. After the golden age of Hellenistic art, it was in the Middle Ages when wood, once again, rose as an ally to artists, who gave free rein to their creativity with a material and techniques that gave them innovative possibilities in those times. Later other materials would follow such as gold, bronze, iron, plaster, and, closer to our times, concrete and fibreglass.

Now, innovation has shown itself once more to be cyclical and, like sustainable architecture, where certified quality wood is becoming a leading building material worldwide, wood has been used once more to create a very original sculpture.

Escultura de pie Accoya "Materoccón"

Escultura de pie Accoya® “Materoccon” | Escultor: Gonzalo García Fernández | Fotógrafo: Muel de Dios | Producto: Accoya®

A sculpture for exteriors needs a high-quality wood for exteriors

Matero meaning in Latin “material” and “wood”. Occon, an instrument for making holes, a type of hoe. This is where the name of this sculpture “El Materoccon” comes from, the creation of the Asturian artist Gonzalo García. The work took the sculptor two years to complete and in summer 2019 it finally took its place in the world, in the open air on land dedicated to art, owned by the people who commissioned the sculpture, some collectors from Madrid.

Escultura de pie Accoya® "Materoccón"

Escultura de pie Accoya® “Materoccon” | Escultor: Gonzalo García Fernández | Fotógrafo: Muel de Dios | Producto: Accoya®

Escultura de pie Accoya® "Materoccón"

Escultura de pie Accoya® “Materoccon” | Escultor: Gonzalo García Fernández | Fotógrafo: Muel de Dios | Producto: Accoya®

Escultura de pie Accoya® "Materoccón"

Escultura de pie Accoya® “Materoccon” | Escultor: Gonzalo García Fernández | Fotógrafo: Muel de Dios | Producto: Accoya®

Escultura de pie Accoya® "Materoccón"

Escultura de pie Accoya® “Materoccon” | Escultor: Gonzalo García Fernández | Fotógrafo: Muel de Dios | Producto: Accoya®

Escultura de pie Accoya® "Materoccón"

Escultura de pie Accoya® “Materoccon” | Escultor: Gonzalo García Fernández | Fotógrafo: Muel de Dios | Producto: Accoya®

Escultura de pie Accoya® "Materoccón"

Escultura de pie Accoya® “Materoccon” | Escultor: Gonzalo García Fernández | Fotógrafo: Muel de Dios | Producto: Accoya®

That is why the choice of material for the sculpture, ACCOYA® acetylated wood, was not by chance at all. Gonzalo García knew of the existence of this sustainable wood, a true revolution in the world of wood, in construction and now, as we can see, even in art.

ACCOYA® sustainable wood: written 50-year guarantee.

ACCOYA® sustainable wood is incredibly resistant to the inclemency of the weather, with an extraordinary durability that enables its manufacturers and distributors to offer a written 50-year guarantee. It repels moulds and wood-eating insects and can take any finish. 

Even in its natural state it is a wood of great beauty, which can be seen in this sculpture.

Acetylation, a natural process with no toxins

ACCOYA® is a revolutionary wood obtained using the acetylation process, a treatment that uses natural reagents, without toxins of any type, which modifies the cell structure of the radiata pine, which comes from sustainable forests. The result is a wood with extraordinary durability and resistance, that also has unquestionable aesthetic qualities.

Building with wood is now easier with sustainable solutions such as ACCOYA@, that enables architects committed to the environment to make maximum use of their creativity without limiting their constructive capacity.

And, as can be seen with this magnificent sculpture, and other artistic projects such as Melarium, quality sustainable wood is also a very interesting resource for artists. More wood!