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Monday, December 21, 2009

Pharma Shrine




This pharmaceutical shrine has been a long-term recreational project. It still needs more work on the outside. Here's a peek of (mostly) the inside, which is just about finished. Those are tiny Rx pads on the bottom shelf. The thing on the side that says "3 mg" is a pull-out display tray. I might put some more samples or pharma credit-type cards in it (yes, such things exist). I embedded magnets under the doors so that they shut with a satisfying snap.

3 Comments:

Anonymous buechertiger said...

Looks good so far. I must admit I don't know much about common shrine architecture. But I like many small details in your assemblage. A phone number on top to call for refills seems to be mocking prayers, or maybe mocking pills that have to stand in for prayers? For some reason I like the space at the very bottom, but can't explain why.

I like the whole project. I have been thinking about what place pharmacy has in our society. Of course it is a relieve that we have them pills to help us through the day. Who would want to live in a world without antibiotics? But when I hear about doping in sport, actually doping our kids to do well in class (this seems to become shockingly normal where I live). When thinking about this, I cannot help but think that maybe the world would not be a worse place if we had the right to work less because we have a headache instead of being expected to take aspirin and function as usual.

Somehow with the availability of a fix for every condition seems to come a intolerance towards those who suffer ...

I am looking forward to seeing this project evolve further!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009  
Blogger Paper Chipmunk said...

Thanks, Buechertiger, for the thoughtful comment. The encouragement makes me want to work on it more.

I have a complicated relationship with pharmaceuticals. My life actually depends upon some of the things I take. On one hand, I'm glad the pills are there. But on the other hand, the pharmaceutical industry is so foul it seems like something to mock. I don't know what it's like in Germany, but here in the US they can advertise prescription medicines on TV and in magazines. So you see a lot of ads for things like Viagra, filled with happy people dancing around.

And I very much agree with you about the intolerance people have for the sick. It's something I've had to deal with myself. People think that you must not *want* to be well, otherwise you would've found a cure by now.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009  
Anonymous Paper Chipmunk said...

Thanks, Buechertiger, for the thoughtful comment. The encouragement makes me want to work on it more.

I have a complicated relationship with pharmaceuticals. My life actually depends upon some of the things I take. On one hand, I'm glad the pills are there. But on the other hand, the pharmaceutical industry is so foul it seems like something to mock. I don't know what it's like in Germany, but here in the US they can advertise prescription medicines on TV and in magazines. So you see a lot of ads for things like Viagra, filled with happy people dancing around.

And I very much agree with you about the intolerance people have for the sick. It's something I've had to deal with myself. People think that you must not *want* to be well, otherwise you would've found a cure by now.

Saturday, April 02, 2011  

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