Jochem Hendricks

Left Defender Right Leg, 2002–05
Synthetic diamond, toenail,
tobacco, velvet
cushion 1.18 x 3.94 x 3.94 inch
3 x 10 x 10 cm

Hendricks had the concentrated remains of the amputated leg of a footballer made into a diamond in two former Soviet institutes. To this end, the leg was initially transformed into carbon and then into extremely pure graphite. After that a synthetic diamond was manufactured from the graphite at a second institute. The stone remained a raw diamond and was not cut. 

Rundlederwelten, Gropiusbau Berlin, 2005

Haunch of Venison, London, 2007