"Life Raft (Zurich)" (1995)

"Life Raft (Zurich)," 1995
Tree, leaves, plants, grass, stones, taxidermic animals, wooden bird house with shingles, wooden planks, and barrels, 138 X 138 X 189 inches. Installation view: Kunsthalle Zurich, Switzerland
Courtesy Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York

"We’re at a moment in time when we have a great test ahead of us in terms of our relationship to the natural world. If we pass the test we get to keep the planet, but I don’t really see us doing a very good job of that right now. So my work isn’t really a crib note for that test; it’s not really the answers. It’s more like a notice of a bill past due, a kind of a grim perspective, because I really see the outlook as reasonably grim."

- Mark Dion