The Hole-y Grail draws a satiric analogy between the well-known Arthurian relic and modern day theories of trickle-down economics. Like the legendary cup, these concepts have been enshrined in an aura of unassailable holiness, promising wellbeing for all, but like the chalice, this promise may be no more than an elusive dream.
The installation consists of a large goblet with a bore drilled down the length of the stem. A custom valve, engraved with the inscription “In God We Trust” (the official motto on United States currency) controls the liquid’s flow out of the cup’s base. The liquid trickles down the length of the pedestal and disappears into a hidden receptacle below. Water, a basic resource for all living beings, is now a multibillion dollar industry.
© 2014 Constantine Zlatev

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