Safwat Saleem
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The Future

Made in collaboration with Alicia Eggert. Commissioned by Fine Acts.

The Future is a sculpture that illuminates the overall state of peace or conflict around the world.

The Future is a sculpture that illuminates the overall state of peace or conflict around the world.

The sculpture is composed of 206 light bulbs that collectively spell out the word "FUTURE."

The sculpture is composed of 206 light bulbs that collectively spell out the word "FUTURE."

Each individual light bulb represents one of the world's sovereign states.

Each individual light bulb represents one of the world's sovereign states.

The base of each light bulb has been laser-engraved with the name of the sovereign state it represents, and the states are organized alphabetically from left to right.

The base of each light bulb has been laser-engraved with the name of the sovereign state it represents, and the states are organized alphabetically from left to right.

Bulbs representing states at peace are lit, while bulbs representing states in conflict are unlit.

Bulbs representing states at peace are lit, while bulbs representing states in conflict are unlit.