Grass panel constructed from pre-printed steel from recycled tin containers, copper base by Harriete Estel Berman.
Blades of grass cut from post consumer tin containers reflect our consumer society. Grass lawns luxuriate in conspicuous consumption as if to say, “I own this space but I don’t need to use it.” “Keep off the grass”. However, perfect grass is sustained only by spending a great deal of time and money at an even greater cost to our environment.
This grass sculpture highlights the grass lawn as an ultimate consumer icon of American culture in contrast to the detrimental affect it actually has on our environment. Asthe artworkincreases in width, the value (color intensity) diminishes. (Value refers to the relative lightness or darkness of a certain area.) This is a commentary about our consumer society where increasing quantities of “stuff” in our material culture diminishes the value of any one item.
7" height x 8" width to 2" (at narrow end) x 58.5" length
Increasing Quantity, Diminishing Value is available for purchase or exhibition.
Retail price: $4,500
Ships easily in two pieces in one box.
© Harriete Estel Berman, 1999