The artwork is based on the ancient question of which came first, the chicken or the egg. According to the Finnish national epic Kalevala, at the beginning of time there was only water and air, and the world was not yet formed. The only creature was Ilmatar, who was floating in the primal sea. The first bird in the world made a nest on Ilmatar’s knee and laid seven eggs from which the world was built.
As a form, the egg is perfect in all its simplicity. Clay as a material carries within itself the history of mankind. Clay deposits are ancient sea beds that have emerged through land uplift. In these layers, different stages of the post-glacial period can be seen. The sculpture’s construction shows one of the ways to connect human beings with nature. Pottery is one of the earliest human handicraft skills. The way the sculpture is fired also connects us to the very beginning of humanity.
The sculpture was created using a monumental ceramic sculpture technique. The progress of the sculpture’s completion was documented as a time-lapse video, which examines the concept of time and functions as a contrast to the sculpture: the material in contrast to the immaterial, the age-old way of doing in contrast to modern technology, site-bound in contrast to nowhere and everywhere at the same time. The autumn storms destroyed the sculpture.