Donald Tobias Wong was a Canadian born designer and artist who died last year at the age of 35, or exactly 13,138 days. In tribute, friend Frederick McSwain created a portrait of Wong entitled Die using 13,138 dice, or one die for every day he lived. It was displayed as part of the BrokenOff BrokenOff exhibition at Gallery R’Pure in NYC in memoriam to the artist during NY Design Week.


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“The idea of a die itself was appropriate—the randomness of life. It felt like [a medium] he would use. Because [Tobias] was a very street-level force, I thought it was appropriate [to install] the portrait on the floor. Its not something I wanted to suspend on the wall; I wanted it to be right there on the floor where you almost interact with it.

The idea of every decision you make and everything you’ve done in your life, defines who you are. All of those days symbolically makes up the image of Tobi,” explains McSwain.

Website: Frederick McSwain | core77

Image credits: Miller Taylor

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