the grass is greener on the other side

(2017) The public intervention takes place at Waterloo Park in October. A patch of real grass is removed and “borrowed” from the park and a fake patch is put in its place.

I gained the courage to complete this intervention after a phone conversation with the artist, Robert Hengeveld. He told me a story about how he removed a patch of concrete from a sidewalk during his undergrad studies.

Contrast calls into question those measures by which we determine authenticity. Is a genetically modified bush or tree, grown in a controlled environment, transported to a new location and planted in a box more authentic than the artificial turf that simply stands in for natural grass? Does a weed that emerges next to this modified shrub fall into the margins of the undesirably authentic?
— Robert Hengeveld, Wile Wild

Taking a hand-made, crafting approach I was able to create a very undeceiving sculpture of grass. The placement and act of this intervention calls into question the authenticity of the scientifically made, hand-made and nature made objects in our world. This absurd gesture inquires into the role of the artist, the role nature plays as time changes the landscape and the role galleries play in creating an understanding of authenticity.