Squashed by Sticks & Stones at Vitra Design Museum
Ron Arad (born 1951 in Tel Aviv, lives and works in London) originally built the
metal compactor Sticks and Stones for the 1987 Nouvelles Tendences exhibition at the Centre Pompidou.
The machine »eats«
chairs and metal objects and subsequently disgorges them in the form of pressed
bricks. Metal objects are transported to the top of the contraption on a
conveyor belt, where they fall into a hydraulic compactor and are compressed.
This process is similar to an assembly line, except that here, furniture and
other objects are being scrapped instead of new goods being produced. Through
this act of deconstruction, Arad questions the designer’s role in our industrialised
world and prods viewers to take a critical look at the consumer society.
block has its own personality, beauty, texture and colour.
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