Thomas De Toni
The Circle holds ritual space, community unity.
Artist Creative Process
Thomas is alum to Les Compagnons du Devoir, a sacred and prestigious trade school for artisans which dates back to the Middle Ages in France, he is trained in both traditional and modern techniques for fabricating or forging in steel, stainless steel, brass and copper. Now settled in Mullum he continues his metal fabrication and blacksmithing, and is passionate about manufacturing and engineering custom-designed projects which he creates himself or in collaboration with artists and architects.
Laser-cut mild steel & sheet steel.
The concept for this work came through thinking about and researching circles. Circles appear in the earliest symbols and signs of our ancestors. Lots of cultures use circles to mean different things, but always it comes back to connection, unity.
A Circle can also symbolise a doorway, or window, a view into another side of reality. In rituals, it often symbolises a rite of passage, and the circle holds great mystical significance.
I invite viewers to make their own interpretation about Un Ring’s meaning. They may even wish to create their own ritual when passing through Un Ring.
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Sculpture Photography: John Walters