Democracy

September 2015, IMT auction | London UK

A unique piece of Pentelikon marble sold in a London auction. The piece of marble is cut in A4 standard European paper size. The front face has been polished to reflect the inherent qualities, clarity and brightness of the marble itself whilst enhancing its reflective capacity.

The dimensions of A4 standard size paper have been widely used in Europe since after the French Revolution (1789) but its practicality has been already noted in 1786 by the German scientist Georg Christoph Lichtenberg.

The origin of the marble is in the mines of Dionysos of the Penteli mountain in Athens, the same mines which supplied the marble for Parthenon and its sculptures (unlike the also known statues Hermes of Praxiteles, Aphrodite of Milos, Nike of Samothrace and the Cycladic figurines which were made from Parian marble).

Democracy is made to reflect thoughts and speculation on culture and the multiple references which contribute to its evolution through the centuries. The surface of the marble has been intentionally left ‘un-worked’ as a reference to an un-written text and the reflective function of art, enabling current cultural references to emerge or been reflected upon.