Charioteer, 1997

90x100x120 cm

For a long time I have been obsessed by the relation of sculptures that represent human figures to real human existence (as in the story of Pygmalion). One of the fundamental criteria of life is that all living things must die. Yet how can a sculpture of a human figure die? The obvious answer is to say that it dies when it is broken to pieces. In this work, an enlarged version of the Delphoi Charioteer, I tried to combine two types of death (the death of a human and of a sculpture). The sculpture is only a fragment of the original (we only see a head). Also, the eyes are missing, the mouth slightly open, and the neck turned. The wreath is made of real cloth.