What defines a vase? The plastic foil from the mass production of flowers in the Netherlands, which is intended to protect the plants, merges with industrially produced, partially fragmented goods into a semi-transparent object. This plastic full of holes refuses to function as a vase, which could normally be filled with water.
Flowers in mass production are in huge greenhouses, sprayed with extremely toxic pesticides. People who work there get sick. The environment is contaminated. The transport in aircraft and trucks drives the CO2 content of our atmosphere upwards. The floral water goes down drains, enters our ground water, becomes part of our drinking water, and in turn streams are over-fertilised. Over Bloemen critisizes mass flower production with sculptures which resemble vases but do not function as them.
Does a vase still need to stand safely?
Does it still have to function as a vase?
Perfectionism– in contrast imperfection, the defortmation of ordinary vases. Prostheses- like structure as fragments, as a mirror of our society.
Which things do we still value?
In an environment in which neither cut flowers cannot be admired because of their beauty, nor their growers for their skill – without seeing the problems they represent – the stability of a vase is far from guaranteed.
Only the things we build by ourselves are safe.
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