A Temporary Lawn Planted Amongst a Patchwork of Persian Rugs

Tending to his work like a backyard, New York-based Austrian artist Martin Roth grows grass inside the fibers of Persian rugs, continuously watering his works to make sure the grass grows lush from inside the dense material. The tip results of this challenge, first exhibited at an Austrian castle in 2012, will at all times be identical. The rugs will unravel and the grass will die. This fatalistic act is each poetic and political for the artist, working with a sensual ephemerality in addition to chatting with Western nations’ urges to convey their values to different nations.

Roth’s most up-to-date rug set up is at present on view on the Korean Cultural Centre in London as part of a presentation titled Riptide that options the work of Koo Jeong A and different artists. Over the subsequent few weeks, the piece will regularly change because the grass first mimics the patterns discovered on the rugs till it grows to create new varieties. In direction of the top of the exhibition, the grass will almost eat the rugs earlier than death itself, a cycle of beginning, consumption, and eventual loss of life.

You possibly can witness the collaboration between rug and garden from now till November 19, 2016. See extra of Roth’s installation-based interventions on his website.