Assisted Equilibrium

2017.

     Scarlet runner beans, farmer’s scythe, lighting stand balancing point, hydroponic system, water jerry can, hemp string. Approximately 2’ x 5’ x 6’

This sculpture is a more minimal version of some of my more involved hydroponic sculptures. Here the scythe acts not as a container, but rather as a growth support. Additionally, the scythe is balanced on an elevated fulcrum, directly acknowledging the balancing act of agriculture. This delicate balancing act is made all the more absurd by the inclusion of an awkward hydroponic apparatus which sustains the beans while highlighting their status in a consumption based food economy. Scarlet runner beans were chosen for their relationship to harvesting and their climbing qualities.