Tomas Libertiny, ‘Amphora’, 2006, Chamber

A construction of fiberglass, natural beeswax, stainless steel, and painted wood, Libertíny’s Amphora is part of the “made by bees” series based on the notion of “slow prototyping”. Referring to the work of about forty thousand bees which produce wax as part of the hard labour, beeswax construction is restricted by the seasons. It is a process that takes mostly place between April and June, a limitation that calls attention to the overwhelmingly fast consumption of society today and consumerism. Critical writings on this subject by figures like psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud and French philosopher Gilles Lipovetsky were influential in the conception of the Amphora as well as for the accompanying essay, “Dialectics of Desire,” in which Libertiny equates the preciousness of wax with rarity and fragility. The material is however extremely resistant to degradation in time and will last thousand years. He suggests that the form of an ancient Greek vase provided an appropriate link to honey storage and flowers, which are essential for the creation of the beeswax.

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