scales, black quartz sand
L 120 cm X w 120 cm
This sculpture is part of a series of sculptures and installations inspired by the engraving of Albrecht Durer Melencolia I.
In the engraving, Durer wanted to highlight the importance of mathematics and science as universal perfection, so he wrote in stone a number’s square. All the lines, columns, diagonals, each of the quadrants, the central four number in the square, the numbers of the 4 square's corners, the four outer numbers ... amount to the sum of 34.
It's a magical square and in Dürer’s era, it's used as a talisman to ward off the devil. This amazing mathematical symbol is reused here in a square of personal scales; the balance of our time. They weigh small heaps of black sand, and yet they do not show the right weight. They're manipulated to recreate Durer's magical square.