An artist attempts to try to turn tweets into something nurturing

Austrian-born artist Martin Roth created an exhibition titled In May 2017 I cultivated a piece of land in Midtown nurtured by tweets, currently located in the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York. The artist decided to use President Trump’s tweets to control the lighting of the room. Inside viewers feel lost in a forest, surrounded by hundreds of lavender plants filled with tree wallpaper, along with a ceilings of fluorescent bulbs.

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Roth wanted to address Trump’s habit of inducing stress in the majority of the U.S. population, as well his advisors, who are constantly anxious over his rampant tweeting habits. It is undeniable that whatever feelings people have towards the president, the current political climate is overwhelming. Roth’s exhibition aims to utilize Trump’s tweets for something useful by creating a juxtaposition. Lavender is known for its calming, soothing effects. Whenever Trump’s tweets are retweeted by other public figures or entities, the light gets stronger, encouraging the plants to thrive.

Ultimately it is ironic that something that causes so much stress and damage is helping create a beautiful, calming environment in the middle of NYC. On the one hand, it provides a sense of refuge to viewers, but on the other hand, knowing what determines the lighting of the room may also bring uneasiness.

Austrian Cultural Forum

Austrian-born artist Martin Roth created an exhibition titled In May 2017 I cultivated a piece of land in Midtown nurtured by tweets, currently located in the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York. The artist decided to use President Trump’s tweets to control the lighting of the room. Inside viewers feel lost in a forest, surrounded by hundreds of lavender plants filled with tree wallpaper, along with a ceilings of fluorescent bulbs.

Roth wanted to address Trump’s habit of inducing stress in the majority of the U.S. population, as well his advisors, who are constantly anxious over his rampant tweeting habits. It is undeniable that whatever feelings people have towards the president, the current political climate is overwhelming. Roth’s exhibition aims to utilize Trump’s tweets for something useful by creating a juxtaposition. Lavender is known for its calming, soothing effects. Whenever Trump’s tweets are retweeted by other public figures or entities, the light gets stronger, encouraging the plants to thrive.