Artist Lea Turto Email:
Here are some photographs of my work: an installation of 12,000 plastic spoons, knives and forks.
On each occasion I produce a new version appropriate for the chosen setting. I first created it in Jyväskylä in 1998 and called it The Garden of Angels. It was situated in a park belonging to the Church.
I was dressed in black. In art history, death has been depicted as a skeleton cloaked in black. I noticed the sexual connotations of this symbolic figure. The scythe is appropriate for the masculine figure. I chose a black baby carriage as a symbol for death.
It was like a performance. I looked odd and members of the public came to talk to me. It looked like I was planting flowers and several people came to ask : What are these new flowers? They were surprised to find that my flowers were plastic and had no life. The public also took part in "planting" the plastic flowers.
of my concerns was: If we try to dominate Nature, what will happen? We
can control plastic gardens, but we will lose all the wildness by applying
too much control.
In the summer of 2000 I created two versions in The Street Gallery of Huittinen: one in June and a second installation in July called Plastic Garden. This one was created without dressing up and I took over the entire park.