Ashtray (2013)

Wood and Paint
90mm x 90mm x 40mm

Another NUS project.

Unlike a traditional ashtray, this ashtray starts out as a solid balsa wood cylinder. As a user stubs his cigarette out, an indentation is made, causing the surface to recede. This slow diminishing of the wood mimics the pathway of an addiction. It steadily pulls you in, making it increasingly difficult to escape. This piece also becomes more functional as an ashtray over time, mirroring how as one falls deeper into an addiction, they require it to function.

Click here, to watch a timelapse of the ashtray being used and created.