Fernando Mastrangelo Uses Natural Materials As Cultural Metaphors


Courtesy of Fernando Mastrangelo Studio, Photo by Benjamin Hochfelder

Courtesy of Fernando Mastrangelo Studio, Photo by Benjamin Hochfelder

Fernando Mastrangelo sets course for Dubai with a new series of sculptural mirrors that reference the city’s natural resources and their role in Dubai’s emergence as a powerhouse of commerce and architecture. Fernando Mastrangelo’s use of natural materials as cultural metaphors continues in his latest series, THE CAPITAL COLLECTION. Individually titled Aurora, Marina, and Sahara, the diverse trio of mirrors are unified in their use of hand-dyed sand as their primary design material. Referencing Dubai as an architectural oasis that has emerged from a sand-covered landscape, the collection weaves a geographic narrative within its commanding visual appeal.


Courtesy of Fernando Mastrangelo Studio, Photo by Benjamin Hochfelder

Courtesy of Fernando Mastrangelo Studio, Photo by Benjamin Hochfelder


Courtesy of Fernando Mastrangelo Studio, Photo by Benjamin Hochfelder

Courtesy of Fernando Mastrangelo Studio, Photo by Benjamin Hochfelder

The Sahara mirror honors the historical importance of Dubai’s quintessential elements, sun and sand. The Marina mirror pays homage to the impact of waterways and architecture in Dubai’s man-made cityscape. Thirdly, the Aurora mirror celebrates the opulent beauty of sunsets in Dubai. Each piece in the collection is a unique tribute to the region and offers viewers a chance to visit Dubai through their own reflections.


Courtesy of Fernando Mastrangelo Studio, Photo by Benjamin Hochfelder

Courtesy of Fernando Mastrangelo Studio, Photo by Benjamin Hochfelder


Courtesy of Fernando Mastrangelo Studio, Photo by Benjamin Hochfelder

Courtesy of Fernando Mastrangelo Studio, Photo by Benjamin Hochfelder

“An intrinsic part of my artistic process is interpreting the landscape, history, and essence of a unique region through my sculptural language. I’m incredibly humbled to have that opportunity with Dubai and The Capital Collection. If the pieces capture or translate even a fraction of Dubai’s intensity and beauty, I’d consider that a success.” – Fernando Mastrangelo


Courtesy of Fernando Mastrangelo Studio, Photo by Benjamin Hochfelder

Courtesy of Fernando Mastrangelo Studio, Photo by Benjamin Hochfelder


Courtesy of Fernando Mastrangelo Studio, Photo by Benjamin Hochfelder

Courtesy of Fernando Mastrangelo Studio, Photo by Benjamin Hochfelder

Fernando Mastrangelo is a New York based artist best known for contemporary collectible design, as well as large scale sculptures and experiential installations. Mastrangelo repurposes and casts natural aggregate materials such as sand, salt, and silica to create works that weave cultural metaphors and show reverence for the abstract beauty of nature.


Courtesy of Fernando Mastrangelo Studio, Photo by Benjamin Hochfelder

Courtesy of Fernando Mastrangelo Studio, Photo by Benjamin Hochfelder


Courtesy of Fernando Mastrangelo Studio, Photo by Benjamin Hochfelder

Courtesy of Fernando Mastrangelo Studio, Photo by Benjamin Hochfelder

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Photography by Benjamin Hochfelder with courtesy of Fernando Mastrangelo Studio

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