"I still think the social function of art is that kind of negative aesthetic. Otherwise there’s no social function for it."
"The tree is essentially an optimistic organism, giving life through its death, but it is also an organism that is out of context. It’s nostalgic for its original site. It’s a memento mori, an appreciation of decay as a process, and a tool for discourse. And that’s really how I imagine it, because it isn’t a natural system. It is really a garden we’re making. It’s a garden that emphasizes a particular natural process."
- Mark Dion