Test Subject C791 strain 112090
Designer Benjamin Rollins Caldwell spent 2 months in Ghana, Africa apprenticing in a fantasy design coffin workshop during the fall of 2011. The act of creating intricate, well thought out funtional coffins, which were then quickly buried (in concrete lined graves) never to be seen again; ignited the idea for this furniture concept. Caldwell wanted to create furniture which would be created in the ground, but resurrected and enjoyed and experienced for a lifetime. Unlike the design coffins, Caldwell sought uncontrollable variables which would be impossible to control, thus letting the zombies take on a life of their own. Each zombie grave was dug and then lined with plastic sheeting which folded and wrinkled in areas creating the unique surface textures and variations in final concrete form. Once the Zombies were risen from the ground with the help of a Bobcat and forklifts, each piece was acid stained creating a surface which resembles a zombie’s rotten and bloody flesh. In keeping with the experimental nature of the project, each piece is identified as “Test Subject” followed by the the first letter or two letters of the furniture piece (ie: C for chair, s for sofa) followed by the weight of the piece and the julian date of when the zombie came to its final embodiment.
35″ w, 31″ d, 28″ h
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