Equestrian statue - Divided, boxed and placed in its own pedestal - 2013

Equestrian statue - Divided, boxed and placed in its own pedestal

Equestrian statues are found everywhere in the world and they are still made. Often to commemorate important people. Also often with a political purpose. Politics can change as well as our social need to commemorate. So it would be very handy if such an equestrian statue could be easily stored during different political or social times. And if that could be stored in it's own pedestal then that pedestal could be (temporarily) used for something else.

After research on these statues I found out that you could cut-up such a statue in 20 pieces and that those pieces, neatly boxed, would fit in its own pedestal.
I did this on the basis of a life-size drawing of an equestrian statue (the one of Marcus Aurelius that is regarded as one of the best). The drawing was divided in 20 parts and I made 20 boxes to store the different parts of the statue. The boxes were placed in the form of a pedestal.
Then I made a framework of a pedestal and drew lines with nylon threads to indicate the edges of the boxes. Each regular box has 12 edges and irregular boxes even more. After producing all the different lines 20 medals were placed inside the framework of the pedestal where the boxes would have been. The text on the medals said what should have been in the box, like “12 – leg horseman” or “14 – rump of horse”.