bicycle reflectors, sand, 2013
The installation is the result of a gathering process - a process that begun with the move to Berlin.
A big city is a daily confrontation with a huge amount of information, influences and triggers, a state of being overwhelmed that only a metropolin could create. The practice of gathering the broken bicycle reflectors that litter the sidewalks of Berlin became a ceremony of consistency in a flood of information. Eventually this accumulation of fragments reached a breaking point - the need arose to birth a creation out of the fragments.
While the materials for the piece were provided by the city - abundant with bicycle lanes and riders - the form that the piece shows came from a scene in the BBC series "Blue Planet". One species of turtles assures its survival through an adaptation, which allows all the females lay their eggs at the same time. In this way, when the baby turtles hatch, predators are simply overwhelmed by numbers, and the vast majority of the turtles make it safely into the sea.
Overwhelming as a survival strategy.
The piece in itself holds the contradiction between the moment it describes and the materials used to portray it.
While the moment of the turtles birth is a fragile dangerous time, where being unseen is of utmost importance, the turtles are made from reflectors that will draw attention to them from the tiniest speck of light.
This contradiction continues in the etymology of the subject and the material, while the word reflectors derives from the latin word “flango” that means to break, “turtle” is a middle age term related to the latin word “torqueo” - to bend.