Eros Torso is a cross-disciplinary collaboration by artist duo Oliver Sundquist and Frederik Nystrup-Larsen alongside photographer Simon Heger Knudsen for Copenhagen design studio and flower shop Tableau.
Exploring the banal poetic sentiments that can be derived from a curled-up water bottle with a humble flower, Eros Torso is a series of one-off vases, made from repurposed plastic containers that have been formed and shaped into the distinctively collaborative form language of Sundquist and Nystrup-Larsen, emulating the typologies of the water bottle and its flower. With its tweaked, bended and curved nature, the vases are filled with light upon being struck by the sun and create a soft prism that allows for the object to exist in the borderland of plastic bottle and objet d’art.
Eros Torso arose from the idea of translating something that was conventionally perceived in a temporary context—the water bottle that is used only to be discarded—into a permanent object. Referencing the torso of Eros, the Greek God of attraction, the vases reinterpret a traditional form language through the medium of a contemporary material.
Seeking to depict the works in natural surroundings, Sundquist and Nystrup-Larsen transcended the flowerful universe of Tableau into the vases through a photography book by photographer Simon Heger Knudsen with the idea of portraying its existence in posterity, once more shining emphasis on the poetic qualities of the naked yet light-filled vase and its soft flower.