45 – 55 – 65

Symbols, images and numbers permeate all aspects of our lives, constantly, everywhere. Symbols are the only fixed, unspoken and unwritten language we share worldwide, but most are casually dismissed in our culture. Mass media gives us huge amounts of “information”, what about collective knowledge or meaning?

Within this “hieroglyphic time capsule” I have composed 231 hand-drawn images, 96% randomly placed within the format. The base pyramid chart is the calendar years of the baby boom, with 1955 as the highest birth rate year. This year, 2010, everyone born in 1945 becomes 65. Everyone born in 1955 becomes 55, and everyone born in 1965 becomes 45. This can only happen exactly once.

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