Freitag, 6. Januar 2012

Promethiade poster

This is a poster I made for the theatre festival "Promethiade" which took place 2010 on the Zollverein Area in Essen, germany. Prometheus was a greek mythological figure. As a titan, the son of Iapetus and Themis, he was only a half god. He stole fire from the gods and gave it to mortals. The fire is a symbol for the civilisation and technology. Later Prometheus was punished with being bound to a rock and his liver was eaten by an eagle every day. He was immortal so his liver would recover and be eaten again the next day. The humans were also punished because Zeus didn't want them to have the fire (and the power of technology developed from that) so he send Pandora. Her gift was a trap and it released all the evils in the world. (hunger, diseases and so on...) but they also get something to make it bearable: hope.

I imagined him as a trickster, daredevil and gambler who tried to play with the gods and failed. It is told that he could see the future but did it anyway. He did want to give the power to the humans even when it would also bring them grief and evil too.

I designed playing cards with Zeus, Prometheus and Pandora. Each can be identified by their attribute. Zeus, the god of thunder and king of the gods. Prometheus with the fire and the eagle and Pandora with her box.

You can find more information on the theatre event here:

The pictures didn't come out of the production though. I went by my first association and an line in a Hank Willams song that reminded me of a guy who wents into misery with his eyes wide open.

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