Hellenica II: The Cave (2009)

 The Cave – Plato’s allegory proposes that there are two worlds: a prefect or ideal one which we should seek, and the one in which we currently live (the cave). The cave is made of shadows of the perfect beings that exist in the ideal world, such as the ideal tree outside the cave, whose shadow is reflected upon the walls of the cave and is believed by its inhabitants (by us) to be the real tree. The philosopher is the only one who perceives this duality, and tries to warn or enlighten the others, but no-one pays him any attention, later restraining him by heavy chains as if he were a madman – for there is great danger in radical ideas.
The philosopher is represented by the red bottle-cap, and the metal bangle represents the entrance of the cave, above him. The sculpture represents that imprisonment, and the fact that each of us creates our own reality, which can limit and asphyxiate us. A reality that may not be real, or the only reality.

About Maria GC Aragão

Architect, part-time lecturer, external examiner. I am interested in spaces of collective memory, the visual arts and architecture’s potential to enable change. I practice at the intersection between meaning, aesthetics and commerce. As an external examiner I look to architecture as an act of translation

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