This massive cube of trash, a sculpture entitled Once, will spark a curious sense of nostalgia for childhood summer days riding roller coasters, playing games, and eating cotton candy. Created by artist James Dive, the piece is a collection of junk from a demolished amusement park–all of the colorful signs and flashing lights, the cuddly toys and stuffed animals, the food carts, the paper tickets–squashed into a compact 13×13 foot cube.
Through this destructive process, Dive quickly silenced the rush of the rides and the shrieks of joy, transforming a naturally joyous place into a heap of desolate sadness. The artist says, “The project is about the finality of a missed moment. Creating [it] was undoubtedly the most violent process I've ever embarked upon.”
The artist, part of Sydney- and New York-based creative collective The Glue Society, produced the piece for Sculpture by the Sea, Aarhus, a biennial event that takes place along the public lawns, beach, and forests bordering Aarhus Bay, Denmark. This year, the free exhibition features more than 60 artists from 22 countries around the world and will be on display through the end of June 2013.