The age-pyramids of the populations of five countries; France, USA , Japan, Egypt, and Russia, are molded in 3D, "opening a perspective designed to freak us all out." Mathieu Lehanneur is using population data to determine the shape of his ceramic Age Of The World containers, the resulting contoured shapes then communicate the state of living in a given country...
From Mathieu Lehanneur:
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 enameled 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?
The Age Of The World containers are 60 cm high x 60 cm wide and are made of enameled ceramic at Vallauris by Claude Aiello. Age of the world by Mathieu Lehanneur, a show featuring five different countries/containers, will take place at Issey Miyake (11 rue Royale, 75008 Paris) in October 2009 during Fashion Week. Individual pieces can be commissioned after the show, with choice of reference year/country left to the buyer.