There is a landscape like a black forest – the Blackfield – spread out across the sand. This serene world is composed of 27 thousand small, delicate metallic flower-shapes. The flowers that form this grand scenery, which are of all sorts of sizes, have each been taken from the plant encyclopedia, and are usually found in diverse environments. They have two-dimensional shapes, and when viewers walk to the other side, they will discover that they are painted in many colors. The flowers have been painted by people of diverse cultural backgrounds, and no two flowers are painted with the same colors. The view, seemingly monochrome at first, is hiding a colorful vista behind – just as the world is formed out of small, individual beings, whether plants or people.
The display of 27,000 stainless steel miniature flowers is a psychological installation about life and death, very moody, developing and changing while we walk along. It has two sides, black and colour, symbolising and manipulating a state of mind, yet leaving us a choice.
The flowers are symbol for extreme occasions. We usually receive flowers in the happiest and the saddest moments of our lives. It is an optimistic metaphor for life and death, expressing joy and sorrow- black flowers that were burned looking like a battlefield and colourful flowers that abound with life.
As a result, Blackfield is associated by viewer either to personal, or to collective and universal memories.
Photo: BL Henn