Maarten Vanden Eynde

Maarten Vanden Eynde, Monumentum, 2008 (Photo: Thomas Schmitz Sieben)

Maarten Vanden Eynde, Monumentum, 2008 (Photo: Thomas Schmitz Sieben)

'Mo(NU)mentum' is made up of several layers of history, creating a massive column, 4.5 metres in height. The drill core is a visual intimation of deep time, excavated from the future Earth in order to hypothesise how the world evolved. Starting with a massive block of marble (in which the different geological layers are visible) the drill core contains samples of wood, copper, bronze, iron, aluminium, brick, concrete, asphalt, tar, epoxy and plastic, all materials in line with the evolution of tools, appliances and objects used or invented by humans. The layers become thinner and thinner the closer they get to the present, culminating in the plastic layer. Many of the materials created a foundation for the next one, but the plastic layer leaves a big question mark as to its evolution or replacement.