A lot of people seem to think Hell is about the Holocaust – but it’s the absolute inverse of that. It’s the Nazis who are being subjected to industrial genocide. Which means people aren’t actually looking at it.
The idea came from chaos, the mess of our conversations, though we never really had anything to say. It’s the same idea over and over, regurgitated. We bought 60,000 toy soldiers, chopped them up, remodelled and recast them. Toy soldiers were the most inappropriate form we could think of, because they exist within the realm of play. Also, they rob death of its magnitude. We put the soldiers in nine vitrines then arranged them to form a swastika – that one was Hitler’s idea! Putting something behind glass escalates the level of voyeurism: you become implicated, just by the act of looking.