DeComposition, 1997
"DeComposition" is a temporary public art project that was commissioned by Den Frie Exhibition Hall for The Artists’ Exhibition (Kunstnernes Efterårsudstilling) in 1997.

Occasionally, Den Frie Exhibition Hall holds a competition to choose an artist to create the artwork that will announce their annual juried art exhibition. Winning the competition is prestigious, but the artist gets paid only $500 to make two 190 x 122 cm (approximately 75 x 46 in) works and design the cover of the exhibition catalog. The cost of materials and transporting the works are not covered, and the works belong to Den Frie. Knowing this, I entered the competition with a proposal to make the two works out of garden debris--grass cuttings, leaves and sticks--and cheap industrial paint. My idea was that $500 was a fair price for work that cost almost nothing to make and would eventually decompose. My proposal was chosen and "DeComposition" was executed. One month after installation, "DeComposition" was covered in patches of grayish mold and was decomposing as planned.