Daniel Arsham Reimagines Sculpture of Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius
Inspired by a cracked bust (or cast representation of the upper part of a human being) of Marcus Aurelius on display, sculpture pro Daniel Arsham decided to take his 2009 visit to Paris’ Louvre Museum and turn it into a contemporary stone replica of one of his favorite works. While in the past we’ve seen everything from ash, selenite, amethyst, and quartz teddy bears to peaceful garden installations from the multi-versed artist, we are excited by Arsham’s latest offering. Instead of his famous “Future Relic” pieces, this time he’s giving us a real blast from the past with broken views of the decayed stone versions of Aurelius.
At first glance, Arsham’s take on the iconic scuptlure of the Roman emperor appears to be made of stone-covered, gold crystals. Arsham explained his material choice via Instagram stating, “The materials I use like Volcanic Ash and Crystal make us think of erosion on a Geological time frame, but are the works falling apart, or growing to completion.” In a tactful re-make of the olden day ruler, he gives new life to Marcus Aurelius in a two-part head deconstruction. Peep inside the cranium busted views of the sculpture below and read more about Arsham’s past works here.