Men on Pedestals are a series of two black and grey velvet tapestries. On each tapestry, a man stands on a so called scully box, a small platform, so they appear taller. In this case, they want to appear taller than their female co-star.
I’ve been fascinated by this fact. Why is it so important that men appear taller than women? Men in general are slightly taller than women in general, but there will always be short men and tall women. This is normal. This is natural. Still, when we only see images generated by Western media that depict the man in a heterosexual relationship to be taller than the woman, we will internalize those images and start incorporating them into our way of thinking. This results in some women not wanting to wear heels because then they are “too tall” compared to their partner, or even dating apps like Bumble where one can list the preferred height of a match. This causes you to not see the profiles where the other person is too tall or too short. You might even miss out on the love of your life because that person might be one centimeter too short….
The tapestries both measure 118x82cm and are both made completely out of velvet. At the bottom of this page, I’ve listed a very interesting column on the history of men on boxes.