A Drink to Us (When We’re Both Dead) is an artwork that begins with the burial of a barrel of whisky and its pre-sale to a limited number of consumers, who can only claim their purchases in 2108.
Working with the staff at the Glenfiddich Distillery where he was an artist-in-residence, Dyment created a reinforced barrel, filled it with uncut spirit and buried it in the distillery’s Warehouse 8, among large stones from the River Fiddich. This was accompanied by a strict stipulation: the barrel must not be excavated before 2108 – 100 years after its interment.
Produced in an edition of 25, the work includes an extruded sapele wood casket, a map of the warehouse where the whisky is buried, a colour postcard, a small journal documenting the process and a signed contract to be passed by the original owners on to their descendants. A Drink To Us (When We’re Both Dead) brings into question our notions of trust, history, patience, investment and mortality.