Artist Daniel Arsham has a new exhibition at the Leica Gallery Los Angeles that consists of 25 life-sized Leica camera replicas created out of various geological materials. The sculptures reimagine some of Leica’s most famous products as “relics of a time past.”
Arsham was given access to the Leica Camera archive in order to reference the camera designs and ended up creating pieces showing the Leica III from the 1930s, CL, Digilux 2, M3, M8, and more.
The New York-based artist used a wide range of materials, including obsidian, steel, and volcanic ash. The cameras have physical “erosion” damage to further their “relic” appearance.
Here are photos of the new works captured by photographer Cliff Gagliardo and provided to us by Arsham’s studio:
Steel Eroded Leica M8
Rose Quartz Eroded Digilux 2
Volcanic Ash Eroded Leica 3
Obsidian Eroded Leica CL
Head on over to the Leica Gallery in LA if you’d like to check out these sculptures for yourself.
P.S. This isn’t the first time Arsham created sculptures of cameras. We shared a previous camera sculpture series of his back in 2013 in which he recreated various models with plaster, glass, stone, and sand. The artist’s website also has a number of other camera sculptures.