System of Units, 2019
Maarten Vanden Eynde

Assembled silicon wafers

12 × 22 × 17 cm

After oxygen, the most abundant element in the Earth’s crust is silicon, accounting for almost 30% by mass. As a silicate mineral it is
a component of sand, clay and mud layers, and most of it is used without special processing in concrete, glass, ceramics and other building materials. In its highly purified form, obtained by the Czochralski process, a method of crystal growth that produces 99,99999% pure single crystals, it became the key material in the production of the transistors and integrated circuit
chips that are present in most electronic equipment. System of Units is a reference to the international system of units of
measurement (SI) and returns broken silicon wafers to the more natural form of a sand rose. By being joined together they become a fragmented whole again, endlessly reflecting themselves in the process.

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