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Frederick McSwain created DIE, a portrait made of dice in memory of his friend, Tobias Wong, an artist and designer who died last year. Frederick used 13,138 dice, one for each day Tobias lived:

The idea of a die itself was appropriate—the randomness of life. It felt like [a medium] he would use. Because [Tobias] was a very street-level force, I thought it was appropriate [to install] the portrait on the floor. Its not something I wanted to suspend on the wall; I wanted it to be right there on the floor where you almost interact with it.

The idea of every decision you make and everything you’ve done in your life, defines who you are. All of those days symbolically makes up the image of Tobi.

DIE was on display at Gallery R’Pure in New York City and Core 77 has an excellent video of its construction:

[via Colossal and Core 77]

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson is a Brooklyn-based creative technologist, Contributing Editor at MAKE, and Resident Research Fellow at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.


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  1. Rob Campman says:

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