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Gods and Titans

Gods and Titans: Atlas

The weight of the world on one's shoulders

In his portrayal of Atlas, Dominic Harris explores the symbolism of the Titan's burden and draws connections to modern-day struggles faced by individuals and society as a whole. Atlas, known for holding the heavens away from the Earth, is often depicted carrying the globe, signifying the immense weight he bears. Harris' depiction of Atlas serves as a metaphor for the burdens and responsibilities that many people grapple with in today's fast-paced, complex world.
By humanising Atlas and animating his struggle, Harris encourages viewers to empathise with the Titan's plight, reflecting on their own challenges and the weight they carry on a daily basis. This could encompass the stress of work, family life, maintaining relationships, or even the emotional toll of living in an increasingly connected yet divided world.
Harris’ interpretation of Atlas also alludes to the broader societal issues that impact us collectively. For example, we see him impatiently tapping his feet, or looking at his wrist as if to tell the time. In a world grappling with climate change, political strife, and social inequality, the burden of Atlas can be seen as a symbol of our shared responsibility to address these pressing challenges. Harris' work compels viewers to consider the role they play in shaping the world and the impact of their actions on future generations.
By connecting the ancient story of Atlas to contemporary struggles, Dominic Harris demonstrates the enduring relevance of mythology in understanding the human condition. Harris’ work serves as a reminder that, much like Atlas, we all carry our own burdens and responsibilities, and we all feel the weight of the world on our shoulders. It is through recognizing and confronting these challenges that we can grow, both as individuals and as a society.

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Edition of 8 + 2 Artist Proofs + 2 Museum Proofs


code, electronics, LCD screen, sensors, aluminium


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Dimensions in MM:

65 (W) x 106 (H) x 12 (D) cm

Dimensions in INCHES:

25.5 (W) x 41.9 (H) x 4.7 (D) inches

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