Diamath Sculpture by Nikos Mantziaris

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Art Description

Sculpture: Metal, Wood, Glass, Rubber, Stone on Wood, Iron, Plastic, Soft (Yarn, Cotton, Fabric), Other.


This piece shows 5 cut hands (from people forced to work at the diamond mines in Africa) which when added, equal the number five in Latin. It is supposed to show the mathematics of diamonds and how 5 equals to 5 in the real life of these people. The number five in Latin is half created from the hand of the diamond dealers and half from the hand of diamond buyers in the meaning that they both share responsibility for this crime.

Few words:

This piece was inspired by the movie Blood Diamond,
Made to exhibit the slaughter taking place in Africa for these little stones meant to decorate wealthy fingers.
So what’s the price you pay when you buy a diamond ring? What’s the price they pay when you buy a diamond ring? Do the math, the diamath, the real math of human nature.

Technical specifications:

Title: Diamath
Dimensions: 265cm x 116cm x 19cm and dimensions of
metal base: 159cm x 170,5cm x 50 cm
Weight: 155kg plus 31kg the metal supporting base. 186kg in total.
Year of creation: 2017
Main materials that constitute this piece: pine wood, iron, silicone, soil, gravel, fabric, acrylic paint and crystal glass.
The title labels on the artwork and the corresponding certification box are lead casted and embedded in liquid glass.
The frame is made from Swiss pine and crystal glass protection.
The handle of certification box is made from dental alloy casting and a real human wisdom tooth (extracted for orthodontic reasons and autoclave sterilized after)
All other teeth structures on certification box are made from artificial teeth on dental alloy castings
Custom handmade leather and cork cases for authentication documents
The signature label on the artwork is a lead inlay in wood and the one on the certification box is a dental amalgam inlay in wood Certification documents are printed out in Hahnemühle fine art paper 100% cotton 310gsm and wax sealed.
Dimensions and weight of certification box: 48cm x 51cm x 9cm and 7,5kg



Nikos Mantziaris



Size: 104.3 W x 45.7 H x 17.7 in

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