21st Century 'Relics'

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Last year, creative collective the Glue Society gave Miami's Art Basel crowd some biblical imagery spliced with modern satellite photography to ponder in it's "God%u2019s Eye View" series at the Pulse fair. This year, it's a trip to the future, via artifacts of our civilization encased in amber with "Relics."

The twelve hunks of amber contain artificial eyelashes -- bits of modern society preserved. The artistic legend has them discovered 80 million years from now, much like our present civilization has uncovered prehistoric insects and other life forms after a similar span of time.

"In some respects it's along a similar theme," says Glue Society founder Gary Freedman. "Symbolic of that slightly fake culture we're around—those man-made things will be the things that endure and could be interpreted differently in millions of years to come."

The twelve individual pieces of amber are showing in a cabinet with both top and bottom lightbox effects, which Freedman says is meant to mimic a museum and create a sense of reverence and is as much a part of the piece as the amber bits themselves.

The twelve pieces each contain a different kind of fake eyelash, fossilized in the fabricated amber droplet. "There's something about those fake eyelashes that seems to say a little bit about that kind of vanity and the man-made things we live in today," says Freedman. "At the same time they kind of look right in there, they almost look like an insect and something organic; they seem to have a foot in both worlds."

Sometimes, so does the Glue Society, which in addition to its self-initiated art projects increasingly does the same for brands, including last month's experiential/stunt/outdoor work for 42 Below vodka.

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