A GARLAND FOR TUMULTUOUS TIMES
The first century garland, exquisitely sculpted in marble, portrays an optimistic view of prosperity in the form of leaves, flowers and fruit. The abundance of natural elements is linked to fertility and the happiness felt by the people during the prosperous times achieved by the Emperor Augustus.
A physical parallel is established by Javier Flores, who has installed on the wall a composition similar to a garland, although here the pieces were created using modern digital technology applied to metal cutting. A sort of draped cable of elements that are mostly of plant origin (like leaves, seeds or bark fibres) but also come from animal sources (as in the case of the insect wings) and even humans (such as fingerprints). All of these are filamentous forms that resemble nervures, at times fragmented, weakened: what remains after the death of living beings when their existence has expired.
Thus, an antithesis is created, a conversational contrast, emphasising a vision that is by no means optimistic of the state of nature and of the human element within it, as the originator and, at the same time, victim of the environmental disaster.