Made of enlarged Gilders – the former Dutch currency – eleven enormous tulips were hung upside down in the main hall of the Stadsschouwburg theatre in Amsterdam. The installation was created for De Boekenbal 2013, a traditional Opening Ball held on the eve of the Book Week since 1947.
The name refers to Tulip Mania, a period in Dutch history in which the price for tulip bulbs became a subject of speculation and reached extraordinary highs followed by a sudden collapse. It was an economic bubble that fell as quickly as it rose, in which men made and lost fortunes overnight. A metaphor of our history and the constant fluctuations of glorious periods and human drive to own and to consume, the installation brings to mind both the glory and the darkness of our past and present.
Work in collaboration with Kasia Zareba.
Materials: PVC banner, wood, rope, staples
Photography by Daimon Xanthopoulos and Diederik de Koning