Dead Swan (Dunner-Kebab
Music box, dried watermelon,
epoxy resin, jewelry, tune of the
Dying Swan, 24 × 25 × 22 cm
The musical jewelry box is a symbol
of a lost European romantic essence,
it served as a small treasure chest where European girl’s and women’s most precious belongings were kept.
This seemingly ordinary music box, where a small ballerina once typically turned, played the tune of “The Dying Swan” by the French composer Camille Saint-Saens (instead of Tchaikovsky's “Swan Lake” or other ordinarily cheerful and popular tunes). Surrounded by old jewelry of mixed origins, the figure pirouetting inside this edition is not a ballerina but rather a doner kebab. Turning continuously like the oriental street food, I created this hybrid using watermelon flesh and paper-mâché.