In the forest, far away from civilization, a faint mechanical ticking sound can be heard. Among moss and tree trunks stands a derelict traffic signal festooned with red and green lights that alternate for no apparent reason. This remnant of the buzz and chaos of the city, now surrounded by the calm of a northern Swedish pine forest, creates unexpected dissonance. As Warhol once noted, the fear of nature lies in the absence of the city. In urban areas, there are small miniatures of nature: parks. But out in the wild, there are no diminutive towns placed to calm the homesick metropolitan refugee.


"Koma/Amok," 1997
Steel, lamps, colored glass, electric relay, 80 x 410 x 80 cm
Photo: Örjan Furberg
Illustration by Johan Mets

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