All kinds of changes are happening in our world today: molecular nanotechnology is rapidly evolving, our climate is drifting and artificial intelligence is probably going to take over the world.

Most people feel small and powerless to all these big events. Do we have any influence or are we just spectators?

I used the concept of a sinking cruise ship as a metaphor for our society as a whole.

This artwork is partially based on the work of Étienne-Louis Boullée, the visionary French architect from the 18th century. He designed a gigantic 150 meter tall monument to celebrate the work of Isaac Newton, who 50 years after his death became a symbol of Enlightenment ideas. The monument has never been built, but it represented the new wind of rationalism and science that was blowing in society in the 18th Century.

The monument of Boullée is a mirror of the changes that were going on in the 18th century. I was wondering how can I could design a monument that is a reflection of the changes in our time.

 

Above: entrance of the monument