My good friend and artist extraordinaire Dave Dyment has recently been involved with a bold creation that he will never see come into fruition. Entitled "A Drink To Us (When We're Both Dead)", Dave has worked in collaboration with the Glendfiddich Distillery in Scotland to create some very fine spirits that will be available for consumption in 100 years.
A person purchasing a bottle now will receive a wooden box, a map of where the barrel is buried and purchase contract that can be passed from person to person over the course of a few generations until the barrel of whiskey (or whatever it is called based on future standards) is ready to be bottled and made available in the year 2108.
In many ways I admire the creative spirit of anyone who designs something that takes time to be fully realized or experienced. It is the perfect antidote to a culture bogged down with cheap, fast production and immediate gratification at the expense of quality.
With Dave's piece he boldly embraces his own mortality and has created something made purely for the enjoyment of others, with a wry wink thrown in from the products creators for good measure. I hope that in 100 years a few people will take delight in these fine spirits and think about the artist and the era from which it emerged .
Even if the final product is not drinkable due to various unforeseen circumstances throughout the next century, the mere fact that someone in the future will be able to trace the story behind this creation makes it well worth it, and I commend Dave for reaching out over time and including some yet to be born person in the pure love of creation!