Artist Babis Panagiotidis has got us keyed up with his beautiful work “Hedonism(y) Trojaner” – a giant resin rocking horse encrusted with over 18,000 recycled computer keys! Modeled after the Trojan Horse, the piece draws upon the famous story from Greek mythology while bringing an ancient legend into the technological age.
Perhaps a visual metaphor for how we use the computer as our vehicle through society, or a comment upon how we identify ourselves through technology, Babis Panagiotidis‘ “Hedonism(y) Trojaner” rocks our brains. The title suggests a negative connotation to our relationship with our creations, directing us towards hedonism where our own images, egos, and gratification more important than real relationships or interactions with the natural world.
After the first version of the sculpture was damaged by a former landlord in Germany, Panagiotidis sought compensation for the piece through the courts in Nuremberg. The giant horse had been stored in a rented garage which was cleaned after payment was not made. The landlord’s son dismembered the sculpture with a chainsaw and destroyed a work that was later appraised at a value of 70,000 Euros by a German judge. Panagiotidis has plans to create a second version of “Hedonism(y) Trojaner” to replace its predecessor.