"Let One Hundred Flowers Bloom" (2005)

"Let One Hundred Flowers Bloom," 2005
Zinc platform, 25 zinc containers, nine compact axial fans, air conditioning system, irrigation system, lighting system, 100 flowers, earth, video projection.
Platform: 26 1/4 x 26 1/4 feet.
Video: 9 minutes.
Installation view: Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma.
© Alfredo Jaar, courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York.

"This piece stands as a metaphor for the struggle of intellectuals all over the world. Here are a hundred flowers being subjected to contradictory forces. When you enter the space, some flowers will be alive, some struggling, some dead. Fed with water and light, they’re being killed by strong winds and cold. I’m interested in the audience witnessing some dead flowers when they enter the freezer-like structure, and feeling what the plants feel. It’s another metaphor to involve the public in an active and physical way, to move them to make intellectual projections. Intellectuals may die- they may be suppressed- but ideas never die."
- Alfredo Jaar