Monumental

When structures like the pyramids of Giza and Stonehenge were built an almost unimaginable amount of effort went into their creation. In both instances huge stones weighing many tons were cut and brought from miles away, and hundreds, even thousands of people were needed in order to make it happen. Today of course, we have surpassed such building projects, and do so casually, but there remains a difference between these ancient monuments and buildings such as the 330 meter- tall Ryugyong hotel in North Korea.

While we continue to build, and continue to value, worship and hold sacred certain things, these two aspects rarely seem to be considered simultaneously. Modern tools and machines allow a single person to move as much stone over the course of a day that would take almost a lifetime for the same person using tools that were available more than 2000 years BC. Construction comes easy, and accommodates function rather than symbolism.

In working on this series I regarded these rocks as monuments to a past way of living. Moved without effort, and placed mostly for decoration, their existence is derived from a domesticated way of living and viewing the world, where complexity is replaced by simplicity, and where art becomes 2-dimensional, both physically and metaphorically.

Instead of blending in to the everyday background like they once did, these rocks became another symbol and symptom of a society where values are twisted, and an infrastructure of instant gratification shapes our lives and the way we view the world.

Nobody stops to look at these rocks, or to ponder their origins or reason for being, and the thought that there might be something interesting about them only occurred because someone happened to point a camera at them.

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