Fool’s Gold or is it ?

image courtesy of http://www.eco-baroque.com

At first glimpse I couldn’t see any difference – it appeared to be just a natural desert landscape, but on closer inspection, you can see that certain rocks and pebbles have been coated in goldleaf!

This is such a subtle intervention in the landscape which is a direct commentary on our decadent, transient  lifestyle compared to the timeless stability and beauty of nature. The artists, collectively known as Eco-Baroque spent two weeks in the Gobi Desert selecting suitable locations to gild, record and then wash away their artwork to return it back to it’s natural state. This will hopefully highlight the alarming pace at which the gold, silver and copper mines of Mongolia are being excavated which renders the grazing land of the indigenous peoples useless and hence unbalances the local eco-system and economy in favour of the global market.

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