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Gallaccio, Anya
To make this work, Anya Gallaccio inserted sixty Gerbera flowers behind the windowpanes of a pair of old mahogany doors. The flowers disintegrate over time, hastened by enclosure behind glass - a procedure usually equated with the preservation of works of art. The process results in a pool of dark liquid on the floor. New flowers are used for each installation. Well known for working with transient materials, Anya Gallaccio has included fruit, flowers, chocolate, candle wax, ice and sugar in her sculptures. She has commented: "I see my work as being a performance and a collaboration ... there is unpredictability in the materials and collaboration I get involved in". Susan May
  • Artwork Details: 275 x 143cm
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  • Material description: mahogany, glass and flowers
  • Credit line: Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © Anya Gallaccio. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2015.
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  • Medium: Installation
  • Accession number: ACC34/2004



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