Tobias: Frederick McSwain

Curator: Vijay Mathews
date: June 16, 2011
Categories: Experience Design
Tags: art, Portrait, sculpture

Shocking the design and artist community, on May 30, 2010, Tobias Wong took his life. At the young age of 35, his work was already renowned and loved. His work conveyed his direct sensibility and yet challenged audiences through uses of materials and context.

This past May, Frederick McSwain paid tribute to Tobias with an unforgettable portrait. This dot-pattern remembrance was achieved by positioning 13,138 dice—one die to represent one day of Tobias’ life.

Frederick explained to Core77, “The idea of a die itself was appropriate—the randomness of life. It felt like [a medium] he would use. Because [Tobias] was a very street-level force, I thought it was appropriate [to install] the portrait on the floor. Its not something I wanted to suspend on the wall; I wanted it to be right there on the floor where you almost interact with it. The idea of every decision you make and everything you’ve done in your life, defines who you are. All of those days symbolically makes up the image of Tobi.”

This portrait was assembled in the Gallery R’ Pure for NY Design Week.

Stephen Dirkes for Core77



  • Anonymous

    I love this! Great work of art!

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