Objet abandonné

Objet Abandonné is composed of a bronze tree in a plastic pail, with coloured balloons attached to its branches. The tree once had a better life on someone's balcony, but it was abandoned. Now it's dead; the balloons scoff at nature, but slowly deteriorate as their air leaks out. The tree is presented nonchalantly, so that it doesn't look like art, but rather what it was: garbage. On the balcony it represented a kind of nature in which we like to believe, but nature proved merely a utensil, and the tree was carelessly discarded when it couldn't sustain its owner's neglect.

2011
for project 'Hard Shoulders', Lokaal01, Breda (The Netherlands)

height 140 cm
bucket, bronze, balloons