Artist Tim Bengel presents his latest work, a sculpture of avocado toast covered with over € 300,000 (US $ 354,000) in liquid gold at Berlin Art Week.
The piece, titled “Who Wants to Live Forever?”, Began with a real sliced pumpkin bagel, five tomato slices, five onion rings, five avocado slices and 10 arugula leaves, according to Food & Wine.
He scanned and 3D printed the molds for the bagel, then poured it all in liquid gold. Bengel told Food & Wine that he ate the real, unroasted bagel after the process was complete.
“For thousands of years, people have attributed meaning to gold. Whether as tears of the gods, as among the Aztecs, or as a source of eternal wealth, as with King Midas in the Ancient Greece, ”he said in an email to the publication.
“There are parallels to avocado, the ‘green gold’ of a new industry. To grasp the cultural significance of avocado, no material would be more appropriate than gold.”
The artist said his goal for the piece was to capture an aspect of the current cultural climate.
“I asked myself ‘What is the symbol of my millennial generation?’.” It had to be something that combines topics like the adaptation of the internet, the use of social media and the trend towards a healthy lifestyle with turbo-capitalism and the destruction of our livelihoods. “
The only possible representation of all of these ideas, he decided, was avocado – especially this extravagant version of avocado toast.
“Who Wants to Live Forever” will be available for sale through the Rother Gallery and has an asking price of 2.5 million euros ($ 2.9 million). The work will also be exhibited at Art Miami in December.
“The sculpture is meant to spark awareness of our present time: an era of rapid change, social media, fitness trends, green revolution, environmental destruction, turbo-capitalism and d ‘constant self-optimization,’ said Bengel. “This is perhaps the most exciting time of all time. Be aware of it.”