The Shrine

As my first foray into the world of art installations, The Shrine presents itself as a Memento Mori for modern times. The project was commissioned by Didier Damiani for the AICA kiosk in Luxembourg city. The idea behind it works on different levels. First of all, it is a "living still life" of sorts, a visual representation based on the works of the old flemish masters in terms of composition and theme. It contained the traditional skull, the fruits and plates, but also strange little creatures, as a nod to the works of Hieronymus Bosch. The kiosk was then turned into the frame for all of this. The windows were blackened, and the only thing you saw was this scene unfolding through the 2 front windows. The idea behind the piece was to recreate a scene reminding people of their mortality, at what is a very busy and hectic intersection in the center of Luxembourg city. Luckily enough, at around the same time the project was unveiled, there was a really bright christmas market happening not too far that reflected in the windows, giving the piece a further leg to stand on, even if a grim one.

The Shrine was exhibited from December 2012 to April 2013.
Photos by Arnaud Mouriamé and myself.

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