TGP 2: Weiwei, Fake

Ai Weiwei/FAKE Design - Competition Entry 'The Great Pyramid' (Copyright Weiwei/Fake)
Competition-entry The Great Pyramid (Copyright Ai Weiwei/Fake Design) (click-2-enlarge)

In contrast to the proposal of Hirsch, Lorch and Miessen, that separates The Great Pyramid (TGP) from the actual world with a lake, Ai Weiwei with Fake Design suggest to integrate the pyramidal graveyard into our daily life.

Any urban development around it should continue the spiraling building of the pyramid onto the ground. As the pyramid grows in spirals new layers will be added at its perimeter. That spiral could also be projected on the grounds around the pyramid.

A fascinating part of the design by Weiwei and Fake is the gift-wrapped casket, or coffin. It exposes what the pyramid is all about. If we would be able to celebrate death once more, like the Egyptians did, we would be happy to receive a casket for The Great Pyramid.

Somehow it is quite hard to imagine dying as something positive, as something to celebrate. It seems to contradict the core of our culture. Doesn’t it?

I wonder if putting the deceased underground or cremating them is in fact a way to take a distance to the dead, in a sense: to make them disappear. To help those who are left behind, to move one. Is it really that harsh? And could constructing a pyramid be an opportunity to set a more positive tone. Is it possible to celebrate someone’s death, to see a funeral as a celebration?

“The earth belongs to the living”, I read this afternoon in the Cradle 2 Cradle book by William McDonough and Michael Braungart. How will it be to grow up in a world marked by monumental graves of the generations before you? What if each city decides to build its own pyramid and start a challenge…

 

Ai Weiwei/FAKE Design - Competition Entry 'The Great Pyramid' (Copyright Weiwei/Fake)
Competition-entry The Great Pyramid (Copyright Ai Weiwei/Fake Design) (click-2-enlarge)

 

Ai Weiwei/FAKE Design - Competition Entry 'The Great Pyramid' (Copyright Weiwei/Fake)
Competition-entry The Great Pyramid (Copyright Ai Weiwei/Fake Design) (click-2-enlarge)

 

Ai Weiwei/FAKE Design - Competition Entry 'The Great Pyramid' (Copyright Weiwei/Fake)
Competition-entry The Great Pyramid (Copyright Ai Weiwei/Fake Design) (click-2-enlarge)

Earlier: Pyramid, by… Germany?

Related iconography: Pyramid, by Herzog & de Meuron; Pyramid, by Foster; Pyramid, by Simpson; Pyramid, by Pei; Pyramid, by Baikdoosan; Pyramid, by Pareira; Pyramid, by Van der Hart 


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