German artist Babis Pangiotidis’ modern Trojan Horse sculpture, Hedonism(y) Trojaner, that looks like a simple rocking horse and, the artist says, represents the reality that the internet is today’s greatest Trojan-intruder.

We all recall that The Trojan Horse is a tale from the Trojan War in Homer’s Odyssey. In the story, the horse—a gift from the warring Greeks to the Trojans—gave hidden soldiers access behind the town’s protective walls.

“Today, we all use the internet and social networks as if they were a gift of the modern world, and without thinking, we offer private information about ourselves and our lives,” says Pangiotidis.

“Hedonism is what drives our desire to use the web, and as the essential tool of online communication, computer keys form the interface between us and the hedonistic actions of today’s online society.” Pangiotidis created the horse using thousands of old computer keys in shades ranging from ivory-white to nicotine-yellow, arranged on the surface of the horse so as to create an impeccable surface that imitates the skin of the animal.

Photographer: Tanja Bauernschmidt

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