Using De Maria’s Lightning Rods, the Animals Stage a Valiant Surrender

As the title suggests, this piece imagines a scenario wherein, fed up with humankind, animals have claimed an element from Walter De Maria’s Lightning Field, 1977, and repurposed it to support a surrender flag fashioned from their own feathers, hides and fur. The flag, violently thrust into a pile of crystalline rocks fabricated from colored and mirrored acrylic, not only addresses the obvious ecological crisis we currently face, but also evokes the iconic image Raising the Flag Over Iwo Jima, conjoining a narrative of triumph and destruction.