ethan greenbaum’s concrete block love (and inspiration)

Ethan Greenbaum

Artist Ethan Greenbaum‘s work gave us lots of idea for home works made of concrete block. He has figured out ways to make them seem both light and somehow charming, by using plasticine and colored acrylics instead of cement as grout. Plasticine is a kind of clay that won’t harden so maybe it actually IS a good idea for certain homemade pieces where you don’t want the commitment of concrete, or it’s permanence. We love the idea of painting the cement grouting with Greenbaum’s whimsical colors, to transform a dreary block wall.

We also love Greenbaum’s plasticine-covered block structures;  although the always-soft plasticine might not be feasible in the long run, it makes us wonder what would be: what could we coat concrete blocks with to give them a surprising and less heavy look, while preserving blocks’ elemental form ? And his idea of combining blocks of different sizes is a revelation, making us see ever more possibilities for “random” assemblages of concrete blocks as table bases, bed platforms, odd storage units…

(For block resources, check out our posts on “concrete block love” and “chic concrete block sink“)…

Ethan Greenbaum

We’re imagining totemic block storage structures…

Ethan Greenbaum

…and wonder what would we store there?

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