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The Dust of Famous People

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Posted : April 27th, 2012 by

We were recently contacted by a Swiss-Canadian visual artist who runs a foundation for art and culture in Switzerland called Soul Works Foundation who said “your vision is my vision”. Not sure how Bryan Haab found us, but it’s always encouraging to hear about people who have their foot on the same gas pedal. This is a really interesting piece that he worked on called “Dust of Famous People” that addresses the cliche that “all people are of equal value which is something that is a nice thing to say, but in reality it doesn’t really work”.

Dust of Famous people is a deconstruction where we take elements of humanity and break them down into their basic forms of dust and water.” This project raises some foundational questions for us as humans: Who are we? What are we? How are we valuable in comparison to another person?

 

The inspiration for this project:

Imagine a group of life-size and fully transparent people from all walks of life, from a world-class star to a prominent and middle class person to a nobody (someone who has struggled or even been rejected by the world). They all face and behold the dust of their mortality, that they hold in their hands. Is this not a metaphor that visualizes a very simple but basic ancient truth of our humanity? For if we engage ourselves with the fact of our mortality, we can come to a realization that positions people of various stature and class on the same level and humbles every hidden human arrogance.

For more about Bryan Haab & the Soul Works Foundation check out their website: www.soulworks.ch

 


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