Lauris Svarups


(Canterbury School of Architecture) University for The Creative Arts


Amphitheatre of Ego

The Modern Sarcophagus

#ego #space #stars #immortality #individual

This is not a story of graveyards of equality, nor is it one of sustainability or a sympathetic future. It explores something else entirely – the ego of the individual. An individual bewitched by the pursuit of immortality, who would relentlessly pursue the preservation of his presence, long after the decay of his mortal body.

The past is saturated by the immortal ego. Pyramids, ziggurats, mausoleums, these monuments cannot be enough for the modern Caesar. The earth and its abundance of monoliths in memoriam have drained the possibility of absolute grandeur.

It is time for the ruthless dreamer to conquer the greatest amphitheater of all – the stars. To propel himself into legend as part of a constellation, a feat previously reserved for the Gods. This is the future for an immortal ego. To decay as an equal amongst thousands of burning suns, in death the individual can achieve an unimaginable greatness, whilst shining down upon the heads of the unworthy masses on earth.


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