Zirkon Kompass

Zirkon Kompass

Installation, Minimal, Various materials, 450x170x450cm
Filled with different zircon sands from all the continents of the world, the work Zirkon Kompass consists of sixteen hourglasses that are suspended from the ceiling. Positioned at eye level, the hourglasses are arranged in a circle with each object at the quarter-wind point on a 16-wind compass rose.

A thin steel rope is mounted at the narrowest point of each hourglass, keeping them in horizontal equilibrium. Zircon minerals are the oldest known materials on Earth. Resistant to chemical changes, they offer a window into time going back as far as 4.4 billion years ago. Zircon is omnipresent in all stones and contains the radioactive elements uranium and thorium in minute amounts – the clock within the zircon. With the passage of time, it converts to the element lead. In the work both the semiotics of the hourglass as a metaphor for vanity and the utility as scientifi c instrumentation are transformed. Instead, the sand forms a seemingly stable horizon: a layer representing the oldest stratum we could hypothetically stand on.

While the hourglass has lost its socially determined function, the zircon clock invisibly continues to transform, subconsciously reminding the viewers of their precious and yet transient time on earth.

The zircon is a metaphorical semblance of the element of time. As the oldest material on the planet, it establishes an abstract meaning of time that is limited by the current capabilities of scientific research. It thus inherently addresses the relative stability of scientific knowledge, which depends on technological progress and the creation of measurement methods, enabling us to expand our limited horizon. Paradoxically, zircon is used to create storage vessels that may be durable enough to hold the radioactive waste products of our species – the future fossils of the Anthropocene. But even zircon is not eternally durable. Everything eventually decays, and even permanence becomes relative.

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Jonathan Polkest
3 years ago
This is very beautiful, idea and aesthetic (Zircon Compass) excellent!
Francesca Giraudi
3 years ago
Arte come un prodotto di design? O meglio, come una scenografia, una vetrina di un negozio minimal e fashion di design?
RELLA Maria Pia = SpaziOfficina
3 years ago
complimenti...un cordiale saluto RELLA Maria Pia
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Uriel Dana
3 years ago
Uriel Dana Artist
Please do not insult us any longer with this kind of installation. This is not art. Everyone knows its not art. The emperor has no clothes. When galleries continue to commoditize objects that have no value other than their own press release the diminish us all. There are many truly gifted and skilled artists on an international scale that have mastered their craft you diminish us all, creators and observers.
giuseppe cavallo
3 years ago
mi domando, quando vedo queste cose, se l'autore si è chiesto il perchè del suo operare, se abbia esercitato una sufficiente autoironia, normalmente il processo creativo consiste nel mangiare di tutto con i nostri cinque sensi e poi estrudere dopo aver ben digerito, tenendo presente che la realtà va oltre i nostri sensi e quindi occorre usare la fantasia, il senso del vero e l'invenzione.
Mi rendo conto che per la giuria queste mie parole, seppure semplici sono inconprensibili !!!!!!!
zoran vuckovic
3 years ago
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