Castle's anti-pollution cement appears in Dundee

Published: 8 January 2009
Castle Cement's new pollution-busting photocatalytic cement has been used to make a sculpture of a car in Dundee city centre.
Castle's anti-pollution cement appears in Dundee
Dundee artists Matthew Dalziel and Louise Scullion chose to use the cement,TX Aria®, in their concrete sculpture of "a car" covered in an extremely lifelike concrete blanket.

Commissioned by Dundee City Council, the sculpture was placed just before Christmas in the city centre, close to Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre and a public car park. It took two years to complete and comprises 13.6 tonnes of concrete

"I thought it was very appropriate that we were able to create a car that actually absorbs pollution," said Dalziel, whose studio is based within the University of Dundee, where he and Scullion teach.

"We first read about the product in a small press cutting and as artists we are always seeking out new materials so we were quick to get on to it for use in the sculpture.

"By draping it in a blanket we do not need to be specific about the car underneath. It could be something new, waiting to be unveiled or it could be something that's been put away at the end of an era. It's an enigma. "

First developed in Italy, TX Aria® is distributed in the UK by Castle Cement, a division of Hanson UK and part of HeidelbergCement AG. It is promoted by HeidelbergCement under the trade name Tiocem® through a licence agreement with inventors Italcementi. It makes use of the natural phenomenon through which, using ultra-violet light energy, a photocatalyst creates oxidizing agents that decompose some organic and inorganic substances in the atmosphere.

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