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Roses Are Blue, Violets Are Red: An Anthropocentric Arcadia
Tropenmuseum Amsterdam, NL
A number of artificial flowers from the collection of Tropenmuseum was chosen as a starting point to create this joint artificial garden and shop. The human obsession to imitate or define nature is linked with the desire to create a material that will last for eternity. Here plastic is used as a material for fake flowers, plants and stones. This garden celebrates our creative attempts to recreate natural beauty while at the same time exposing the absurdity of this ambition. It introduces with peculiar organisms, environments and technologies that have been shaped by human activity, and, in turn, shape human activity. Commissioned by Tropenmuseum, all museum artefacts are a courtesy of Tropenmuseum.