Memento Mori Playing Cards

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Memento Mori Playing Cards



Stemming from the medieval Latin theory and practice of reflection on mortality, Memento Mori has been a ubiquitous part of human culture for centuries. The fascination, fear and appreciation of death has consistently captivated and cultivated our imagination - from the philosophical to the artistic. Many practitioners of this theory kept artifacts or keepsakes, which served as reminders that the only thing certain in life... was death. Many of these items were often objects (watches, necklaces) in the shape of skulls.

The low-poly design is simple. The bare "bones" of the 3D creation and graphic art - the first steps of animation - can be interpreted as the beginning of "virtual" life.

Many historians believe that playing cards represented a deeper, esoteric meaning - that each suit represented one of the four seasons. Each card within a suit was one of the thirteen phases of the moon. The fifty-two cards in a deck would represent the fifty-two weeks of the year. And together, this would represent just one year of your life.

A constant reminder of our fleeting time on earth.

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