The Chisel and The Sinkhole, 2016 - 2017

Basel 2017
Labor
Sculpture
wood and metal
165.0 x 224.0 x 246.0 (cm)
65.0 x 88.2 x 96.9 (inch)
The chisel and the sinkhole is a sound sculpture made from the common mechanism between European music boxes and mining machinery of the Colonial era in Latin America. The melody it plays is a version of "Aunque mi amo me mate, a esa mina no voy", one of the first protest songs of Latin American black slaves, which was sung in Colombia at the end of XVIII C. during a rebellion of miners. The miners were armed with chisels and hammers, and the musical phrasing of the song is the same as that of funeral marches.