Venus d’Arles Plaster Replica Circa 1880 – Mahogany wood, brass elements
L: 38 in x W: 41 in x H: 94 in
For Sebastian Errazuriz, the lines between art and design is virtually non-existent. This is because he is a creator that does so much with so little. One of his countless unique pieces is his homage to historical icon Venus D’Arles – titled Antiquity.
In full view, an intricate system of strategically placed mahogany shelves surround and veil a marble statue, allowing an interesting play with the seen and unseen. This wooden framework functions as a bookshelf that can hold eclectic items, but it also doubles as “scaffolding,” paralleling the experience of a tourist visiting an antique sculpture under conservation.
“I wanted to play with the notion of the seen and unseen,” explains Sebastian Errazuriz. “At the same time, my goal was to turn an invaluable statue into a functional design, breaking the boundaries of classification and turning one of the world’s most famous sculptures into a mundane bookshelf.”
The fluid body of Venus, half draped-half naked, creates a beautiful contrast with the wooden scaffold that may appear haphazard at first glance but is carefully constructed and placed to accommodate the load of books and other objects. Sebastian manages to turn an art piece into a functional element, merging the lines of art and design into a show-stopping piece.
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