With its long granite table and semicircular wall, "The Moving Garden" is probably not so much a sculpture as a site, a place where fresh flowers are provided every day. This coming-together of the mineral and the vegetable is no accident, for during different periods each day the visitor is invited to take one of the flowers. But there are two conditions: on leaving the visitor must make a detour and at some point along the way offer the flower to a stranger who hopefully will be delighted by this unexpected act. Lee Mingwei thus sets up a situation that modifies the (most often) market-based exchange relationship by asking us to make this simple gesture. Throughout the Biennale in Lyon – and probably elsewhere – complete strangers will find themselves coming into contact thanks to a single, ordinary action.
With the support of Lombard-Freid Projects, New York; the Centre for Cultural Affairs in Taiwan and the Taiwan Cultural Centre in Paris.