Gold, Silver & Lead
September 20, 2011 – September 30, 2013
30th ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION
Gold, Silver & Lead is a monumental stack of refined first generation Honda Civics, in
painted steel, which rises 20’ above the viewer in a repetitive succession. Recalling
the form of Brancusi’s Endless Column, but modified and transformed, it suggests
both infinity and the wholeness of a finite form.
The work also references 1979, when the Toronto Sculpture Garden site was still a
parking lot, and when Buckminster Fuller endorsed, in an advertisement, the Honda
Civic as the car to service his own unique mobility needs. The TSG converted an old
parking lot into a critical space, a thinking garden. Similarly Fuller’s vehicles wait
for ignition and, once mobile, switch from the material to the immaterial - a mental
state of fluidity. These parallel histories of transformation intersect neatly in 1979,
the year that planning began for the Toronto Sculpture Garden. The totemic form
of Gold, Silver & Lead acknowledges this history and pushes the idea of mobility one
step further by making the automobile static and something to be considered rather
Gold, Silver & Lead looks to the sublime, through repetition and pattern, but the
attempt would seem to fall short, as the Civic modules have been fabricated to
disassemble as they reach into the sky. The column is modeled on the obsolete
industrialized object of the Honda Civic automobile, thus colliding Fuller’s notion
of expansive mobility with Brancusi’s suggestion of the infinite through pure form.
Thus, the hard object fades into the realm of mantra and repetition, encouraging a
perception that is drifting.
Both the TSG and the artwork’s idle vessel form share the potential to transform our
experience and to act as a starting point for something redundant or extraordinary.
Knowing the origins of the site and the idea of Fuller’s vehicles sitting empty
throughout the world, Gold, Silver & Lead embraces the concept of idleness and
Jed Lind, Gold, Silver & Lead, 2011; 25' x 4' x 8' approximately, painted steel.