Jesmonite, pigment, Edwardian chairs
230cm ø x 98cm
A congregation of five Edwardian chairs face each other in a circle, each chair with a detailed miniature mountain cast in jesmonite in the seat: Everest, Fitzroy, Olympus, Kilimanjaro and Fuji.
Positioned as they are, the chairs take on an anthropomorphic quality, as if gathering for a discussion of important global affairs; a Gaia-esque personification of ancient massifs taking matters into their own hands.
The diminutive peaks also conjure the tradition of miniature mountains, especially among Chinese scholars, as vehicles for contemplation and retreat from the world into nature: in this sense the chairs represent a form of escapism and subliminal voyage.