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One mold will produce a unique vase for every person on earth.
This is design for the 21st century! (and my MFA thesis:)
One mold will produce a unique vase for every person on earth. This is design for the 21st century! (and my MFA thesis:)
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The idea of this project is to create a unique art piece for every person on earth. For this purpose I designed a mold comprised of 14 different pieces that can be arranged in a different sequence before each cast. The total number of unique permutations is 6,227,020,800 which roughly correlates to the current world population (see how I do the math below). 


How does it work?

The mold is designed on the computer and then a negative is produced by a computer-controlled milling machine. Into this negative I cast plaster to create the actual production mold. I then use the plaster mold to cast porcelain vases. Unlike traditional casting here the arrangement of the mold pieces is alternated each time to produce a one-of-a-kind vase. Each piece of the mold carries a number or letter stamp, and so in each cast a unique serial number is stamped on the vase, I record these serial numbers to make sure I never make the same piece twice.

The show

This project will be shown in my upcoming graduation show at the Cranbrook Museum of Art that opens on April 21, 2012. I would like to produce 20 or 30 vases, which will be shown alongside the geographic location of their patrons and their names (if you agree). After the show is closed (May 14, 2012), the vases will be shipped to their owners.  

My commitment
All the pieces will be produced in my studio, it will never be outsourced.
I am committed to produce these objects myself. Their production is limited only by the unknown time I still have on this planet, and my ability to produce.  Ultimately, this project aspires to create a direct human connection between the supporters of this project and myself. I will never reproduce your unique permutation. 

Each vase produced will be recorded in an online data base stating the patron geographic location (if patrons allow their contact info will be attached to it). This project will continue until I can no longer produce (hopefully until the day I die)  

The math 
To compute the total number of unique permutations, I calculate the factorial of 13, omitting the 14th part that is used as an indicator to tell me where the serial number begins. For the first part I have 13 options to choose from, for the next one I’m left with only 12, then only 11 and so on until 1. So the total number of unique permutations equals to 13x12x11x10x9x8x7x6x5x4x3x2x1 which equals 6,227,020,800. The two prototypes photographed are numbered 05642CBD7A9138, and 0D1583BCA79246.

About me

you can get some more info and tons of images of my work on my website www.sharanelran.com

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