Embracing the Plants in a Glasshouse, 1992
The glasshouses captivated me and allowed me cautiously to approach
them. The dead plants on the parched soil, standing beneath
the dangling water hoses and behind the glass walls or whispering trees,
still have their smell, strong enough to give life its final fragrance.
Spellbound by this desolation, yet also this closeness to sky and earth,
I wanted to enfold the plants in my arms, so I wrapped a piece of white
cloth around them to give visual expression to my embrace.
Garzweiler is one of the places in North Rhine-Westfalia which, as
a result of brown-coal mining, has become a ghost village.
© Anna-Lea Kopperi
and all authors 2008