Ô-CULT by Richard Yasmine
Updated: Dec 5, 2019
The concept of “Ô-CULT” (the water sanctuary) inspired from the Memphis movement is based on combining various functions altogether melting the jar to the fountain ( ‘ein in Arabic which we can still find few remaining in some Lebanese villages where thirsty people can come drink from its flowing water ), using new and old, yet typical materials, the belly/body of the piece is made of stainless steel covered with neo terracotta with duplicated blackened brass handles to accentuate the visual of a jar, roofed with a headpiece of red glossy finishing paint on stainless steel imitating a mysterious animal head shape as a reflection to the mythical stone masks of animals or heroes used previously on ancient fountains. Incorporating a turquoise funnel or a huge pipette in the head symbolizing actually rainwater collecting; the head can be turned upside down to recreate an old amphora or bowl with also 2 big ears/handles, altogether handcrafted carefully by our artisanship including decorative and other fetish items made of natural rough jute tassels and blacked brass, the overall eccentric appearance creates an euphoric humoristic cult totem so far an occult phenomenon capable of granting wishes when summoned.
Ô-CULT the water sanctuary is commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy for la triennale di Milano.