pieter leon vermeersch project cenotaph 1

This artwork is inspired by the work of Etienne-Louis Boullée, the French architect and theorist from the 18th Century. One of his best known works is his design for a gigantic monument for Isaac Newton. The building has never been built, but the concept is very interesting: it is a place where people can almost physically experience the construction of the universe. Boullée pays homage to the rationality and enlightenment of the 18th Century. He sees knowledge as a form of divinity.

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Cenotaph for Sir Isaac Newton by Etienne-Louis Boullée

Some of the greatest evolutions of our time are artificial intelligence, 3D (nano)printing and the new virtual and augmented realities. All these evolutions have the capacity to shake our society to its core.

If a monument would bare the changes of our times, what would it look like? My work tries to give a glimpse on how the line between fact and fiction may disappear in the future.

The image underneath shows a part of the creative process.