Objet D’Art: Happy Snarkitecture Holidays

Published December 19, 2014

Every month, Interview picks an artist—or designer—created object that straddles the line between aesthetics and function. Subdued tastes need not apply. 

Crafted to simulate a crumbling marble sculpture, the chunk of holiday decor pictured above could only be the handiwork of Snarkitecture’s Daniel Arsham, with some help from his partner, Alex Mustonen. Aptly titled “Broken Ornament,” the piece is “a play on the traditional glass globe holiday ornament,” according to the duo. Basically it’s what happens to a Christmas tree trinket when you throw some contemporary art on it. Suffice to say, it could very likely confuse one’s non-art world saavy relatives, who have probably celebrated Christmases past with the traditional sorts of ornaments one becomes accustomed to–that is, unbroken ones that don’t pretend otherwise. But no time like the holidays to try and explain Arsham and Co. to Aunt Ethel. “He really blew up with that Pharrell collaboration! Oh, you don’t know who Pharell is…?” On second thought, maybe gift this one to a curator friend in Bushwick. 

“BROKEN ORNAMENT” IS AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE ONLINE AT SHOP.SNARKITECTURE.COM

Objet D’Art runs every month. For more, click here.