Nature Of Things: Sculpture No.1

Series of Perishable Vases draw their inspiration from objects, vases and ornaments in Victor Horta’s home and archives.

These vases were created as a paradox to examine the way that we value things around us. The very agile relationship between collector and the object, lasting most probably less than a lifetime is crucial interest point to this work. Having a partial control over the object and decay being part of it’s aesthetic creates this almost uncomfortable notion of wanting to preserve it no matter what. How does this relationship makes us look at the objects we posses?

Together with Laboratoire de Chimie Agro-Industrielle, Rusak studied how to increase the decay kinetics of Perishable Vases. Research consisted of: bibliography of potential binders, investigation of different means of degradation, tests of different enzymes and bacterial activity.

Research led to further investigation and an idea of creating a microclimate for perishable materials. The main purpose of the incubator is to create a stable, controlled environment conducive to the research and study of the material. The incubator maintains high temperature, high humidity and diffuses bacterias and enzymes that speed up the process of degradation and decay. Perishable qualities look like they were dredged from dreams or reference another reality, mirroring the preserved world of Victor Horta’s house.


170 (H) x 240 (W) x 80 (D) cm

66.9 (H) x 94.5 (W) x 31.5 (D) inches



Aluminium, acrylic, watering and heating system, bacteria, flowers, organic binders: shellack, tree resins, flour, sugar, sand, clay.


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