LOST PARADISE (Raj Utracony) temporary installation, Broad Company, Changsha, China 2019
The site-specific project refers to the Broad company’s area, where we can find not only the factory, but also the wild terrain with the lake. The combination of the industrial and the natural part is what makes the space exceptional. The gradual recreation of this natural oasis – undertaken by the owners of the Broad company, shows their/our longing for the „Lost Paradise”. Lost paradise which we miss nowadays – an untouched, pure and genuine natural environment.
The archetypal myths of the “Lost paradise” can be found almost everywhere around the world, in both civilized and primitive cultures throughout history. One of them tells the story about the Eden garden: Adam and Eve, according to the creation myth are the first man and woman. They are innocent and unembarrassed about their nakedness. They are told that they can eat freely of all trees in the garden, except for the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.. However, a serpent deceives Eve into eating forbidden fruit, and she gives some of it to Adam. After eating the apple, God clothes the nakedness of the man and woman, and banishes them from the paradise forever.