I thought this might be tribute to Milan Kundera's book or something but obviously not?
I love the title and the concept, and the way it exhibits itself, surrounded by bees,
it feels like this is more than just one sculptural object, but definately touching my heart.

From the homepage of dutch designer Tomáš Libertiny

creater's introduction

The Unbearable Lightness (2010) is a large sculptural object whose central figure is covered by a  skin of  natural honeycomb that was made by a swarm of 40.000 bees. The figure is fixed in a glass box reinforced with aluminum frames and suspended on industrial chains and heavy duty rigging system.

This new work is a continuation of the earlier work The Honeycomb Vase (2006). The  premise was to work with beeswax, a seemingly very fragile and vulnarable material. Libertiny opted to find a story in the  inconspicuous. The inspiration was taken from Dostoyevskij's Brothers Karamazov. There the main character Aloysha is seemigly a non-hero material throughout the whole book. He is however the most enduring character and closest to whom we are or what we would be in the book.

The natural beeswax is a by-product of life of a honeybee and comes in the form of a honeycomb cell. Libertiny found a way how to manipulate honeybees into building their home in a very concrete shape and control the process. His interest lies in alternation of a natural process in a way that is not natural thus creating tension between expectation and experience.

The Unbearable Lightness is a metaphor for manipulation and control. It is a result of the combination of technology and nature. The bees as an inteligent and social mass are lured and manipulated into participating in building a Christ-like figure which represents a myth. The bees are doing what they do every day and what they do the best. The bees are designed by nature to do this repetitive job. Conceptually, there is a major influence of Albert Camus and his work entitled "The Myth of Sisyphus" whom he calles a "tragic hero". He knows his destiny but "decides" to go on even if it means no escape. The Unbearable Lightness is a dialectic formulation on fate and free will. It is a bitter sweet sypmhony.

In the relation to Libertiny's other works, this is an extentesion of the idea and tradition of mimesis. However, Libertiny is more interested in immitation of a natural process (or a natural phenomena) itself rather then its representation. He also rather aims for something that nature alone would never do. So there is a tension between natural and industrial, freedom and control.

Tomáš Libertiny

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A giant dead rabbit! love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
From the homepage of Austrian artist

Hase / Rabbit / Coniglio
Artesina, Piemont, Italy
2005 - 2025
The things one finds wandering in a landscape: familiar things and utterly unknown, like a flower one has never seen before, or, as Columbus discovered, an inexplicable continent;
and then, behind a hill, as if knitted by giant grandmothers, lies this vast rabbit, to make you feel as small as a daisy.
The toilet-paper-pink creature lies on its back: a rabbit-mountain like Gulliver in Lilliput. Happy you feel as you climb up along its ears, almost falling into its cavernous mouth, to the belly-summit and look out over the pink woolen landscape of the rabbit�s body, a country dropped from the sky;
ears and limbs sneaking into the distance; from its side flowing heart, liver and intestines.
Happily in love you step down the decaying corpse, through the wound, now small like a maggot, over woolen kidney and bowel.
Happy you leave like the larva that gets its wings from an innocent carcass at the roadside.
Such is the happiness which made this rabbit.
i love the rabbit the rabbit loves me.

After almost 5 years of knitting the rabbit found its final place in the italian alps (close to Cuneo). It waits there to be visited by you. You might even take your time or check back every now and then as the rabbit will wait for you 20 years from now on.

Rabbit seen from the sky (one person sleeping on its belly)

view from the mountain next door

leg-sleep while the fog is moving in gently

Rabbit during construction



Margarita Jimeno, July 12, 2006, rock band: Jacinto Canek

27 mai 2007

pink agosto 2006 7

Paolo Palmieri gen. 2008

paolo palmieri aprile 2007


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