France, USA , Japan, Egypt, Russia. The age-pyramids of the populations of five countries moulded in 3D, opening a perspective designed to freak us all out. Statistics quit charts and graphs to reincarnate in a curious set of containers, whether jars or urns, creating a radical representation of our human bondage in this world. Birth is the base and death the apex of these enamelled terra cotta pagodas, whose contours change in phase with the age rings that translate life expectancy. From bottom to top there are 100 strata, shaped in solid or void, but the top end is always a sharp tip.
What we have here is a fascinating twin-scope view of the state of living, a look at our own life-span in a sculptural surround view. Death is the motor of architecture… Spooky, creepy, prose-poetry. What level are you at neighbour? How many you got left brother? Where you been all this time honey?
Dimensions: 60 cm high x 60 cm wide. Material: enamelled ceramic
Made at Vallauris by Claude Aiello. Pieces may be commissioned after the show, with choice of reference year/country left to the buyer.
“Age of the world” by Mathieu Lehanneur
at Issey Miyake
11 rue Royale
October 2009 for Fashion Week
English text by Captain Namo