Wank Chairs

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“WANK is a metaphor for the relationship between the 1st and 3rd world, how they are interdependent and how the 3rd world “props up” the 1st. It also speaks to the war for oil in Iraq, the “white” chair is missing a leg possibly due to an roadside IED bomb and is bleeding oil. The materials are Imbuya for the dark able bodied chair, and Sugar Maple for the light, handicapped chair. We’ve ensured that this lumber came from a tree that was the lifeblood of a 3000 year old culture. Three flora species and eleven fauna species were made extinct in harvesting this tree. It also left 60 of the 80 villagers, with no shelter or cultural/religious touchstone in the centre of their village. The wood is a beautiful dark golden brackish brown, with interesting grain. The maple is pure as freshly fallen snow on an upper middle class baby’s bum.”

In reality WANK is a joke, a commentary on the current state of design and the trend of designers to create pointless “one line” design objects and passing them off as art.

– The Other Gallery

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