Friday, December 21, 2007

Domai sculpture

Nine months in creation, the specially commissioned DOMAI sculpture "Inviting Joy" is finally ready!
Victor Issa created this based on my wishes and on Domai models.
I am over-thrilled with the result, it really embodies what I want DOMAI to express, and it is a gorgeous fine-art piece too, and of the highest quality.

This is the page about it on Domai.


Pascal [P-04referent] said...

I want it, but I don't want to pay for it.
So I'll just download it.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

I think with a little hacking, the USB wine tab can also make one of these.

Anonymous said...

This is impressive. I like the idea of going with solid bronze, rather than polymer with bronze finish, as seems to be common.

(I think I've commented on the actual figure before.)

I'm only thinking that perhaps a limited edition might have been more inviting to some? But who knows, maybe you will sell tens of thousands.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

I have mixed feelings about limited editions. It's a bit artificial.

Anonymous said...

The value of stuff is dependent on supply. As you produce more Domai sculptures the value of each piece in the edition gradually approaches the value of their weight in raw material.

The problem with open editions is that as more is manufactured the ones already sold will also depreciate in value. The buyer can not know how much her investment will be worth in the end. Which she could estimate if the edition size was known beforehand.

It's a bit like what's currently happening to the US dollar. Every time the Fed prints more money, people's savings in the bank lose some of their value.

Yes, it is artificial. It's an agreement. But I don't think it's any more artificial than assuming a monetary value for art in the first place (i.e. above material and manufacturing costs).

The price you have set sounds reasonable, though. If it was a limited edition you could probably have asked more.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Yes, it's about the minimal price one can ask for a bronze piece of good quality, and still have any profit.

We may still look into resin editions, though.

Pascal [P-04referent] said...

Eolake reflected...
"I have mixed feelings about limited editions. It's a bit artificial."

Stating the obvious again, are we? ;-)

"As you produce more Domai sculptures the value of each piece in the edition gradually approaches the value of their weight in raw material."

Added to the cost of production, which is more than merely the raw material, that is. A mass-produced modern microchip will always cost a LOT more than the sand that provided the silicon.

I think "investing" in art is an insult. If I buy a beautiful sculpture, it's because I like it, not because I hope some day someone will pay me twice the original price.

Which makes find so utterly moronic that some wine bottles reach such astronomic prices. I mean, damn, in the end it's supposed to be drunk, or it's pointless. And how much should one pay for the best, rarest bottle of wine, considering the limited amount there is to drink in it? It's no more than a brief moment of transient pleasure, isn't it?

And how selfish is it, to pay fortunes for that brief moment, instead of financing charities that could do an immense lot of good and pleasure to many desperate people, often rendered desperate by the exploitation of people who drink supremely costly beverages all the time?

Speaking of wine, Eolake, I followed your suggestion and hacked my USB tap. It gave me a perfect-looking statue, except for one small detail: that fountain of wine constantly squirting out of her mouth and nipples. Now I spend my days mopping up around it. Any suggestions? A nursing bra, perhaps?
Good thing it's not also... "leaking" from any OTHER places!

Alex said...

Pascal, you could try a breast pump. Medela make good ones.

Alex said...

Seems like a limited run of top quality will cover bulk of the NRE and turn a profit too. Then, a more general release, not substandard, but a cheaper process for ongoing revenue.

It's like if you think you'd like a the new album by a band, but you're not too sure, you may be swayed by knowing only the first pressing comes with the gatefold sleeve, and pull out poster.

Can you imagine being one of the people who queued up to buy a PT Cruiser now that they are ten a penny?

Pascal [P-04referent] said...

An innovating solution, Alex. I just fear my guests might give me some funny glances when they come to admire my art collection?...
Especially if I have nothing but my mouth for the third stream.

Anonymous said...

Eolake, I'm sure you would do well as an action figure.

Pascal [P-04referent] said...

I already have my own action figure. If I manage to overcome the objections of my modesty, I'll blog it one day. :-)