Mushrooms

2002

Installation

Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art

Photographer

Ebrahim Hosseini
Amir Mobed

During less than a week, 12000 plaster mushrooms grew in the Sculpture Garden: A strange event that surprised many people and gave a new, extraordinary look to this garden, located in the heart of crowded, busy city of Tehran. People gave various explanations on it. Some ascribed it to the rain and thunderbolt. School students passed through the fences to touch them, and the employees of the overlooking buildings bet if they were real or artificial. Many saw it driving in their cars, wondering how this could happen. Few people could believe that an artist has made and installed them in the garden. Although this work attracted countless people who had never intended to go to the museum to see a work of art in the 2nd New Art Exhibition, so many still saw it without ever understanding that what they had seen was not a sudden growth of mushrooms in the Garden of Sculpture, but it was a work of art.

This environmental work was a point of departure from abstract, formal expression toward making an allusive concept. The work had certain visual characteristics: white spots on the green background; but the choice of “mushroom” and its positioning in the present context added a further layer of significance, altering it to a means of conveying a concept.

 

Mushrooms, 2002, Installation, 12,000 plaster mushrooms in the Sculpture Garden, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art
Mushrooms, 12,000 plaster mushrooms in the Sculpture Garden
Mushrooms, 2002, Installation, 12,000 plaster mushrooms in the Sculpture Garden, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art
Mushrooms, 12,000 plaster mushrooms in the Sculpture Garden
Mushrooms, 2002, Installation, 12,000 plaster mushrooms in the Sculpture Garden, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art
Mushrooms, 12,000 plaster mushrooms in the Sculpture Garden
Mushrooms, 2002, Installation, 12,000 plaster mushrooms in the Sculpture Garden, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art
Mushrooms, 12,000 plaster mushrooms in the Sculpture Garden
Mushrooms, 2002, Installation, 12,000 plaster mushrooms in the Sculpture Garden, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art
Mushrooms, 12,000 plaster mushrooms in the Sculpture Garden
Mushrooms, 2002, Installation, 12,000 plaster mushrooms in the Sculpture Garden, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art
Mushrooms, 12,000 plaster mushrooms in the Sculpture Garden

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