Dead Swan (Dunner-Kebab

Jewelry Box)

2016

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.

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