Petrol Engine Memorial Park


2008
Installation with motor vehicles, tanks, motors, oil barrels, plants, marble, etc.
Dimensions variable


Park designed to memorize the historical era of oil-driven culture.


Commissioned by the SCAPE Biennial of Art in Public Space 2008 in Christchurch (New Zealand)

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The "Petrol Engine Memorial Park" memorializes the symbol of the twentieth century, the gasoline engine. The ubiquity of the gasoline engine and the quest for oil to fuel it have fundamentally transformed our planet; roads pave over land with asphalt, carving significant portions of the globe into grids where flora and fauna cannot survive. Exploration and drilling for oil lead to further ecological damage and even armed conflict. It is time to close this chapter of our history.
The park is an outdoor installation of used cars, motorbikes, engines, and oil barrels arranged with flowers and decorative plants as well as eulogies and consoling verses carved in marble and steel plaques. It provides a place to remember and reflect on the age of oil, including the wars fought for it, the species lost to it, and the desires related to it.
At the SCAPE Biennial in Christchurch (New Zealand), a small procession and service also took place as a farewell to the historical period dominated by fossil fuels.