The Art of Gerda Steiner and Jörg Lenzlinger

From the Falling Garden (Giardino calante) exhibit at the Fiftieth Biennial of Venice, 2003. The exhibit was in the San Staë church on the Grand Canal.

All images and quotations from the Gerda Steiner and Jörg Lenzlinger website.

01“The Doge (Mocenigo) needed a church so as to be able to have a monumental tomb built for himself, the church (San Staë) needed a saint so as to be able to be built, the saint (San Eustachio) needed a miracle so as to be pronounced a saint, the miracle needed a stag in order to be seen, and we built the garden for the reindeer”.

05“The visitors lie on the bed above the doge’s gravestone, and the garden thinks for them”.

02“Components: Plastic berries (India), cow pads (Jura), waste paper (Venice), baobab seeds (Australia), beech, elder and magnolia branches (Uster), thorns (Almeria), nylon blossoms (one-dollar-shop), pigs’ teeth (Indonesia), seaweed (Seoul)…”

06“…orange peel (Migros shop), fertilizer crystals (home grown), pigeons’ bones (San Staë), silk buds (Stockholm), cattail (Ettiswil), cats’ tails (China), celery roots (Montreal), virility rind (Caribbean), wild bore quills (zoo), banana leaves (Murten), rubber snakes (Cincinnati)…”

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