“Camino” is one of Mendini’s few gold pieces, a color he returns to nonetheless. While gold lends this statue a baroque quality, the smooth, curved edges and simple forms appear primitive and occult. Over his career, Mendini has been interested in the rituals intrinsic to objects. Like his series of “Mini Monuments to Spiritual Use” from the ’70s, “Camino” is as much a monument as it is an ornament. While designing, Mendini thought of it as micro-architecture: a building with a roof that is also a chimney, on top of which flowers could spring. Reincarnated into a vase, this small, special monument stands for an ambitious project that cannot be seen, existing only in Mendini’s extravagant imagination.
Medium: 24K Gold, Chrome Plated Ceramic
97/8 × 125/8 × 24 IN