Somewhere near the edge of the Milky Way, the constellation of Orion reminded the Egyptians of their deceased god Osiris, reclining on the banks of the Nile. Just behind Orion, Sirius appears in the southern winter sky. This star, the brightest in the sky, is Isis, looking for her dead husband. Touched by how the cosmos reflected this human drama, the tiny within the large, I designed the Orion Cube as a machine allowing to experience that imaginary comprehensiveness. The cube (230 x 230 cm), fit for the human body, brings to mind both the Vitruvius-man of da Vinci and the Kaaba, the ancient black temple in Mecca. The Orion cube has been set up several times, including in the Saint Michael church in Leuven, but has now been dismantled. Nowadays I display the walls separately as 'gates of Orion'. The constellation of Orion was presumably considered by the Egyptians as the gateway through which the soul can reach heaven. A series of graphic works and paintings was created covering the same theme.
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