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The On Being Project

Dario Robleto

Sculptor of Memory

Sculptural artist Dario Robleto is famous for spinning and shaping unconventional materials — from dinosaur fossils to pulverized vintage records, from swamp root to cramp bark. He joins words and objects in a way that distills meaning at once social, poetic, and scientific. He reveals how objects can become meditations on love, war, and healing.
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  • Dario Robleto

    Dario Robleto

    is a sculptural artist who lives and works in Houston, Texas. His most recent exhibit, “The Boundary of Life is Quietly Crossed,” is at the Menil Collection in Houston.

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Image By Dario Robleto"A Defeated Soldier Wishes To Walk His Daughter Down The Wedding Aisle," by Dario Robleto. In his artist's statement, Robleto describes the scultpure as: Cast of a hand-carved wooden and iron leg that a wounded Civil War soldier constructed for himself, made from The Shirelles’ “Soldier Boy” melted vinyl records and femur bone dust, fitted inside a pair of WWI military cavalry boots made from Skeeter Davis’ “The End Of The World” melted vinyl records, oil can filled with homemade tincture (gun oil, rose oil, bacteria cultured from the grooves of Negro prison songs and prison choir records, wormwood, golden rod, aloe juice, resurrection plant, Apothecary’s rose and bugleweed), brass, rust, dirt from various battlefields, ballistic gelatin, white rose petals, white rice.

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