Brass, powder coated paint
2 parts, total: 8 x 8 in. (20.32 x 20.32 cm)
In 539 B.C., the first king of Persia, Cyrus the Great, conquered the city of Babylon and declared religious freedom, established racial equality and freed the slaves. These human rights declarations were inscribed on a baked-clay cylinder, recognized today as the Cyrus Cylinder. Some historians cite it as the earliest known charter of human rights.
In the complete piece, Power, two crowns fit together to form a cylinder. The gold crown’s shape is appropriated from the paper crowns given away at Burger King restaurants. The black painted crown’s shape fills the predetermined geometric pattern of the gold crown. Together, the two crowns integrate like a puzzle. Lying on their sides, they are equal. Both are formed out of the same raw brass sheet. The gold one is buffed to a mirror finish, while the other is painted matte black.