The Garbage Flower
Uri de Beer is a multimodal artist with an environmental orientation. The "Garbage Flower" is an additional statue from the hanging gardens series in which Uri is supplying a metaphoric expression to his search after life renewal cycles in the consuming urban environment. This time his way leads him to the "End of the Road" to the landfill, will find there the buds of renewal?
Together with his friend the ecologist Shmuel Brenner they browse in the mountains of waste. By being a part of the remediation team of the landfill they are already experienced in the variety of treasures buried within the piles of garbage.
It seems that a positive solution for the community may be found for almost every type of waste as a part of the cycle of life, vanity and renewal accompanying the earth since the beginning of biological activity.
Each truck of waste approaching the landfill site bring to the artist imagination additional cycles of renewal.
The present story belongs to wood trimmings, the residues of plant material also having a future, but not before a whole series of procedures of separation, cutting, mincing and fanning with the aim of preparing the wood trimmings for a new future of compost etc.
For the artist this cycle is too simple. He is aware of a different circulation of ten and hundreds millions of years, a cycle turning the plant residues in coal. The burning of coal completes a new cycle and contributes the remaining ash to an additional renewal cycle in building, roads and agriculture.
Using the Gevions of Recycling containing the waste materials, the coal ash between them and the growing plants on top the artist produces imaginable organic landscape – "Garbage Flower".
In the piece of art the short and long range cycle of recycling are integrated in symbolic language. From the end of the road the hope is flickering' may be ?! The arrow formation symbolizes the alternatives to proceed the new roads, to new solution for waste recycling.