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Deconstructed Replica (Hang It All)  

Painted steel and painted wooden balls

deconstructed found object

 

 

The Hang It All is a modernist classic designed by Ray and Charles Eames in 1953. Its playful nature exemplifies their design philosophy to “take pleasure seriously”. Unfortunately, Australia’s lax copyright laws has allowed these objects to be copied and sold providing the words 'Reproduction' or ‘Replica’ is used. Many major designers of the 20thC have been targeted by the replica curse including Aalto, Featherston, Wegner, Stark and Eileen Gray to name a few. Often mass produced in huge quantities these counterfeits are usually poor-quality imitations of the originals and sold en masse in cheap, discount store. Apart from lost royalties for their hard work, the effect ultimately undermines the original designer’s intent and reputation.

I recently stumbled across a used replica Hang It All in a flea market. As a slightly damaged and poorly made copy it had absolutely no intrinsic value. I decided to chop it up, take it apart and reconstruct it in a new format, rearrange the elements, turning a negative into a positive.  Using my grinder, I carefully cut the copy to bits. The remaining steel and wooden pieces were then rearranged into a new freestanding composition. Deconstructed and reconstructed, this new sculpture, while paying homage to its original designers has become an entirely new interpretation.