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If you hold such a heavy peace of metal in your hand with all its light and shadow effects and the black and verdigris in the depths, you feel as if you walked into a wonderland. The plastic forms create a new dimension. The unreal of my shapes and forms becomes real to touch and feel even for the blind. Therefore, it becomes twice unreal because such shapes and forms must not be and can not be real. Otherwise we would already be in paradise.
When I was first asked to make coins, I was very, very sceptical and almost against it. But this is always so when I am offered to work with a new material, if it is lithography, engraving, tapestry, silkscreen or glass.
From: LIKE ENTRANCE MONEY INTO PARADISE, 1978
We live in an absurd anti-time. Values are topsy-turvy. Uglyness is considered honest and worthwhile. Beauty is branded populist kitsch.
From: THE ANTIPODAL TIMEPIECE, 1990
With the prevailing soulless design people are forced into uncreative anonymity.
Until today, each manifestation of the heart is considered by the establishment as nonsense and antagonized. In the name of so-called progress the rational approach, however, kills both our dreams and souls, and it’s costing us dearly.
Man should not be manipulated to fit computers, but must be enabled to preserve his individual dreams, the roots of his being.
From: THE CONDOR’S NEW IDENTITY, 1995
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