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A self-burial by the sea


Posted by Mark Sinclair, 3 June 2009, 11:39    Permalink    Comments (13)


The Glue Society has unveiled its latest installation at the Sculpture by the Sea festival in Aarhus in Denmark. The piece, entitled "It wasn't meant to end like this", is a huge mechanical digger that seems to have buried itself under 300 tonnes of rubble...

As the Glue Society's James Dive says, "[the work] has a subdued, still quality, despite its physical size." It certainly gives the impression that this 25 tonne digger is attemtping to hide itself away. 

"It wasn't meant to end like this" follows previous artistic explorations via a sculpture of a miniature man defecating on a ten foot pigeon (shown in New York) and their infamous God's Eye View project, which attracted hundreds of comments on the CR blog.

Sculpture by the Sea, the Australian sculpture festival, has recently added Aarhus to its roster of visiting cities. Other work by the Glue Society collective can be viewed at



More strange, thoughtful and interesting work.
2009-06-03 12:19:10

Very nice, silence and stagnation pervade the photo.
2009-06-03 18:17:16

Poetic. Like a collision of parallel dimensions.
2009-06-03 19:46:27

Grate fun, I love the sculpture. Full marks to the Danes for creativity.
Trevor Collins
2009-06-04 13:32:19

A very interessting piece of art. I very much like the photo.
2009-06-04 16:49:59

Is it wrong to feel like this may be the perfect symbolic representation of my life? I keep feeling the need to check back to see if it has dug itself out yet.
kim robinette
2009-06-05 00:19:44

Oxymoron. Another quality idea from the Glue Society, I have long been an admirer of theirs. Simple yet beautiful. The blindingly obvious is often the best.
julian Harriman-Dickinson
2009-06-05 11:00:34

Love it, feels like it wants to speak to you!
2009-06-05 14:12:58

Another example showing that the simplest ideas communcate the fastest.
Phil Draper
2009-06-05 16:08:41

Intrinsically reminiscent of Groddy's attempt to subliminate a transit van full of fluorescent tubes in a remote Scottish quarry.
2009-07-13 12:31:02

Thanks for sharing this! And this nice picture echo another Self-Burial project, which is going on until december 19th 2009 on the occasion of Keith Arnatt's Homage (powered by Observatoire du Land Art via Facebook)
All the best
2009-10-20 17:59:19

Brilliant installation - I'm digging it....
2011-05-31 13:59:21

Brilliant installation - I'm digging it....
2011-05-31 16:56:17

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