Helium balloons / Lentvaris, 2021
At the time of our stay in Lentvaris, we had been thinking about the exotic nature of the artificial resort. And the palm tree, that Odysseus once saw, has flourished in our imagination. Over the long history of human-palm symbiosis, the palm tree has become an ambiguous symbol: from the palm branch as a sign of victory to the ecological disaster caused by the palm oil industry. Exotic and mundane at the same time, it nicely depicts a contemporary culture in relation to the environment.
Helium balloon installation in Lentvaris Lake refers to Odysseus’ stay on Aeolia island and the gift that brought him disaster - a tied bag with unfavorable winds. In the Anthropocene era, this epic acquires new meanings: it is not only the elemental content of the bag but the gift bag itself that becomes relevant. Thinking of the possibilities, that plastic offers, we see it as an exotic and luxurious material.