Growing Older, 1999, created for "The Mind on Scale," Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The installation, Growing Older, consists of a scale model of a formal garden and projected video of animated figures, made of paper, and flowers that appear to enter a garden and perform. Washed out by a rainstorm, the flowers grow again only to quickly fade, wither and disintegrate. The video imagery was created using a pre-cinematic technology known as "Pepper's Ghost." In essence an optical illusion, it uses a reflective screen to make a 2-dimensional image appear to inhabit a 3-dimensional space, and was employed in the 19th century to create the illusion of spirits appearing on stage. Here it is used to suggest fading beauty and lost youth.