Economic theory is based on a series of basic principles: one of them states that, for any given individual, “the more, the better”. My work tries to push this axiom to the limit of excess and abundance, in order to tense it, question it and even defy it.

My pieces are about desire, opulence, ostentation and luxury, in an attempt to study human insatiability from an economic standpoint. I apply the concept of the "hedonic treadmill" along with the straight-forward myth of King Midas and his Golden Touch. Social ascent, the “American Dream”, economic inequality, excessive irresponsible consumption and the malformations of late capitalism are also recurring themes.

Ultimately, through my pieces I seek to shed light on how money, as an abstract and powerful force, constantly and silently affects our behavior, as if it were the force of gravity.

- Elisa Insua

The Artwork

The new sculptures by Elisa Insua and strata depict some of the most luxurious architectural buildings in the world; the most expensive private residency, Antilia House in Mumbai; the tallest building ever built, Burj Khalifa in Dubai; and Trump Tower in New York, a symbol of economic power in private hands.

The works exist as hybrid physical-digital sculptures; for each building, Elisa arranged 1 large base and 50 mosaic tiles out of expired candy encased in resin. These physical resin blocks then act as the trigger for the digital, AR counterpart via the strata mobile application.

Antilia House

Most Expensive Private Residence

Antilia is a private residence in the billionaires row of Mumbai, India, named after the mythical island Antillia. It is the residence of the Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani and his family, who moved into it in 2012. The skyscraper-mansion is one of the world's largest and most elaborate private homes, at 27 stories, 173 metres (568 ft) tall, over 37,000 square metres (400,000 sq ft), and with amenities such as three helipads, a 168-car garage, a ballroom, 9 high speed elevators, a 50-seat theatre, terrace gardens, swimming pool, spa, health centre, a temple, and a snow room that spits out snowflakes from the walls.

Burj Khalifa

Tallest Building in the World

The Burj Khalifa, known as the Burj Dubai prior to its inauguration in 2010, is a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. With a total height of 829.8 m (2,722 ft, or just over half a mile) and a roof height (excluding antenna, but including a 223 m spire[2]) of 828 m (2,717 ft), the Burj Khalifa has been the tallest structure and building in the world since its topping out in 2009, supplanting Taipei 101, the previous holder of that status

Trump Tower

Iconic Symbol of Capitalism and False Riches

Trump Tower is a 58-floor, 664-foot-tall (202 m) mixed-use skyscraper at 721-725 Fifth Avenue in the Midtown Manhattan neighborhood of New York City, between East 56th and 57th Streets. It serves as the headquarters for the Trump Organization. Additionally, it houses the penthouse condominium residence of businessman, real estate developer, and former U.S. president Donald Trump, who developed the building and named it after himself. Several members of the Trump family also live, or have resided, in the building. The tower stands on a plot where the flagship store of department-store chain Bonwit Teller was formerly located.


Is this an NFT or a physical artwork?

Each artwork for sale consists of BOTH a physical and digital artwork. You receive a physical mosaic which acts as the trigger for the AR sculpture.

How can I claim the physical piece?

After purchase, you will need to submit a physical address where we will send the mosaic. We will also verify that you are the owner of the NFT and that the physical piece has not already been claimed.

Do I need to pay for shipping?

Shipping is included for each purchase. There is a chance certain locations will be difficult to ship to, so in that event we will coodinate directly with you.

Can I choose not to claim the sclupture?

You can own only the NFT, but the AR component is triggered from the physical sculpture so the piece is not complete without the physical sculpture.

Can I purchase the artwork without Ethereum?

Please reach out at info@strata.gallery for FIAT purchase options.