This is the youngest metal in our collection. It's hard to imagine, but just 200 years ago, people had no concept of this divine gift and knew nothing about it. However, the scientific world of that time sensed the imminent emergence of a new wonder of nature, and dozens of chemists sought access to it. It is the most abundant metal in the Earth's crust, occurring naturally in solid compounds with oxygen, and its extraction in metallic form proved extremely difficult and was inaccessible to the best minds of chemical science for a long time.
The birth took place in the year 1825. In those years, humanity stood on the threshold of a scientific and technological revolution, an enormous potential of knowledge had been accumulated, and the most astonishing discoveries awaited us. This eagerly awaited child of science was born in the laboratory of the brilliant Hans Christian Oersted, and some parts of a gram of metallic aluminum first appeared before the eyes of people.
The subsequent events were linked to the search for industrial technologies for the production of aluminum. Thanks to the immense efforts of industrialists, politicians, scientists, metallurgists, and the power of scientific and technological progress, humanity gained the aluminum industry, which forever changed the face of our civilization - aluminum gave us wings, it allowed us to fly! Modern aircraft are made up of 80% of this heavenly metal. It loves speed - thanks to the lightweight and sturdy construction of powerful aluminum engines and car bodies, we have learned to drive fast. The industry needs it for a variety of purposes, from electricity and medicine to construction and food technology. Yes, this is an interesting history, but what does it have to do with art? Well, everything we've written so far came later. In the beginning, it was the most valuable, stylish, and precious metal on Earth! At receptions of Napoleon III, the most expensive guests sitting near the emperor were served with aluminum tableware, while the rest of the nobility had to make do with simple gold spoons and forks. Using aluminum for minting coins was out of the question. For commemorative medals and high honors, relatively inexpensive materials like gold, silver, and platinum were much better suited. Jewelry in the form of aluminum buttons could only be worn by royal personalities, while small aluminum rings or bracelets adorned the hands of noble individuals in Europe, Japan, and Asia. Jewelers, sculptors, artists, designers, and architects appreciated the beauty and utility of this metal, and to this day, there are and always will be individual areas of these arts that use aluminum.
The natural beauty, lightness, ease of working, and excellent casting properties allow us to create unique masterpieces of sculpture and facade compositions for the most discerning connoisseurs of artworks from this wonderful gift of nature.
It's amazing how art and design are influenced by the availability and use of different materials.
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