Marble, Stainless steel component
H: 18 x W: 48 x D: 10 in (45,7 x 121,9 x 25,4cm)
The Caesar Bench created by artist Sebastian ErraZuriz was originally named: "Empires will fall, heads will roll". Julius Caesar depicted in the bench was famously remembered for transforming the Roman republic into the Roman Empire and becoming the first dictatorship until he was murdered and his reign was toppled.
The bench, was designed to be exhibited at the Fairchild Gardens. When Sebastian originally saw photographs of the lavish privately owned gardens and adorned by sculptures they reminded him of a tropical version of the luxurious gardens of Versailles where during the French revolution the rebels entered the gardens and their sculptures narrowly escaped being broken down and being melted into ammunition to fight the revolution.
The use of Julius Caesar's busts as mere cinder blocks for people to sit in an almost profane and mundane way invites the viewer/user to remember today's empires and leaders will most surely be toppled tomorrow.