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On average present day humans are one inch shorter than they were 8000 years B.C.

Julian Opie (1958)
On average present day humans are one inch shorter than they were 8000 years B.C., 1991

Emulsion on wood, 78 x 100.4 x 84.7 in.
Sammlung DaimlerChrysler


Opie's architectonic sculpture references De Stijl as well as the minimalist cubes of Robert Morris, but with the addition of human perspective. Like his other works dealing with architecture, they are inspired by the aesthetic of standard computer games. They stand in the cold light of an idealistic world that finally functions perfectly because humans are not required. Walking around this sculpture evokes fast-paced, computer-animated journeys through uninhabited urban ravines or even the experience of strolling through the streets of Manhattan.


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