Increasing Quantity Diminishing Value social commentary about our consumer society  

This grass sculpture highlights the grass lawn as an ultimate consumer icon of American culture. Grass is a cultivate monoculture that luxuriate in conspicuous consumption as if to say, “I own this space but I don’t need to use it.” “Keep off the grass”. Yet, perfect grass is sustained only by spending a great deal of time and money at an even greater cost to our environment.    

In this sculpture, Increasing Quantity, Diminishing Value as the artwork increases 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 at the wide end (2" wide at narrow end) x 58.5" length

Increasing Quantity, Diminishing Value is available for purchase or exhibition. 
© Harriete Estel Berman, 1999
Photo Credit for all images: Philip Cohen
Retail price: $4,500

Ships easily in two pieces in one box.


Each blade of grass is cut individual by hand from recycled tin cans. Copper base.

 

close up of blades of grass cut from recycled tin cans

close up of blades of grass cut from recycled tin cans

close up of blades of grass cut from recycled tin cans