This earth work and found object/ shape sculpture was made in 2014. It is titled WDBFGWTD( The Nirvana song Where Do Bad Folks Go When They Die was playing on the radio when the museum asked for a title to put on the sign). The art work was curated by Mads Damsbo, then director of Gammel Holtegård, and though he was looking to merely place an existing work in the garden for tjhe first iteration of the Secret Garden exhibitions, he was delighted by my proposal.
The buildings at Gammel Holtegård Kunsthal also house the archeological museum of Vedbækfundende. A traditional diorama museum of natural history telling the story of a hunter gatherer tribe living in this area 7000 years ago. All over Denmark the burial sites of our prehistory is recognisable by the dirt mounds strewn across the landscape. Every Dane has this image stored in their childhood memory. Me included. For this sculpture, having grown up in the area, I also knew of the old sewer pipes lying just around the corner from the garden in the nearby water cleaning facility.
The sewer pipe is a found object and as such follows in the foot steps of Duchamp and his fountain, but more clearly references Nancy Holt's Sun Tunnels. The dirt mound is the found shape. It not only resembles the prehistoric burial mounds, but also the more recent addition to our landscape, the anti air raid shelters from the second world war. Both shapes are disappearing. The burial mounds have been an enemy of farming and now the shelters are being deleted from urban planning by a trend that renders originality as real. So in Kongens Have in Copenhagen the shelters are being demolished, because they weren't there when the park was made. I don't believe in erasing our past, just as I am sad my sculpture was torn down, because it wasn't part of the original garden lay out.