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Lafite, 2015
Château Lafite Rothschild wine bottles, metallized and thermo-lacquered wrought iron, ultra-bright LED, power supply unit

(2x) 700 x Ø 280 cm

Waddesdon, The Rothschild Collection (Rothschild Family Trust)

Lafite, a monumental work comprised of two vertical twin structures incorporating thousands of Château Lafite Rothschild bottles lit from their interior, stands in front of Waddesdon Manor. The two structures respect the symmetry of the interior and exterior spaces of Waddesdon Manor and also introduce a verticality that contrasts with the horizontal lines of the gardens and surrounding architecture. Visible from the inside, the two elements subvert the domestic scale of the referenced objects - candle-holders or bottle racks -, with their shape and architectural dimension resembling the flamboyant verticality of the Late Gothic.
The work hints at the pleasures of the table and to the processes of identification associated with gastronomy. The confrontation with Marcel Duchamp's first ready-made - Porte-bouteilles (1914) - is openly declared, in a strategy that questions the timelessness of aesthetic values and of human behaviour principles, in the vast territory of the history of art.
Lafite assumes itself as the portico of Waddesdon Manor, celebrating art and the pleasures of the table through one of the most prestigious wines in the world - Château Lafite Rothschild.

2016 Feast, weekend at Waddesdon, Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire


2015 Lafite, The Rothschild Foundation, Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire


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