Lord of the Flies

Materials: Wooden Box, Plaster figurine souvenir, dead flies.

Size: 44x24x120

When I saw the famous ‘Piëta’ of Michelangelo in Rome I was struck by the big contrast of the smooth plastered artwork and its horrible meaning: Jesus’ broken body after the Crucifixion.

I decided to buy one figurine of the hundreds lying on the funny, party-like market stands.

Then I collected dead flies: dead or alive they look the same.
Yet we all feel that flies on any item represent rotting decay, like the Hell where Jesus went.

The pedestal is shaped like a coffin.

The title I borrowed from the writer William Golding, who uses this Old Testament name for the devil

But in my opinion Jesus by His death also became the Lord of the flies…