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Red Pyramid
Red Pyramid
Photo Description:
>> Red pyramid is a response to the recent socio-political events in Egypt: the national protest and subsequent ousting of the president. >> 18 steps coloured red, for revolution, represent the 18 days from the start of the protests until the president left office. >> The crux of the piece is its pyramidal shape - a shape universally associated with Egypt. The inversion of the pyramid refers to the overturn of the existing hierarchy in the country, no longer does one man preside over the masses, but rather the opposite is the case. >> The fact that the individual layers of the pyramid are not fixed implies that Egyptian society is unstable, volatile and subject to change at any time. The mottled red effect on each layer represents the changing emotion exhibited by the population, the outside world saw the progression from solidarity through to celebration (spray paint has been used as opposed to flat colour from brush or roller to give this effect). >> As the ‘Arab Spring’ is an ongoing situation, the changes experienced in Egypt could well be the shape of things to come elsewhere in the Middle East. The next question is whether the same can be said for the wider world - are we at the dawn of a global revolution? >>Physical description: Sculpture. 18 concentric squares forming a pyramid; stackable. Displayed as an inverted pyramid. Spray-painted MDF-board on a supporting plinth. , 2011
Author
Andrzej Bak , 16 yrs