May 18, 2011
Swarovski Crystals Rifle
Swarovski Crystals Skulls
As part of an installation at Milan Design Week, Nicola Bolla has transformed morbid objects into art forms.
The Italian sculptor has used Swarovski Crystals to create works of art, including an AK47 assault rifle, and remains of the human body.
These art pieces were showcased at an installation of Nicola Bolla called Ossuary, which was composed of her sculptures. Historically, an Ossuary is a place where remains of people that died in violent circumstances, such as battles, were finally laid to rest.
Bolla is extremely interested in the subject of transience of life and all earthy things, which she has translated into a more modern meaning – the superficial vanity of our time. She uses a nearly invisible structure and covers this with Swarovski crystals, symbolising the aspiration to preserve beauty and richness against the passing of time.
The sculptures include the assault rifle, along with skulls and human bones.
The exhibition was being shown at Milan Design Week from 12th – 17th April and has already caused a stir due to its disturbing nature.
This is particularly prominent in light of the controversy sparked by artist Damien Hurst. He showcased a baby skull that was cast in platinum and encrusted with 8,128 white and pink diamonds and was met with hostile reviews.