“Are you really sure that a floor can’t also be a ceiling?” by design duo Bik Van Der Pol looks familiar for a reason – the architecture of this powerful exhibit is based on the iconic 1951 Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe, a standing masterpiece of minimalist white design.
The form of the exhibit may resemble the Farnsworth House in many ways, the function of each piece is markedly different. While Mies’ work is an example of human life connected with and encompassed by nature, Bik Van Der Pol’s design shows nature encompassed by and reliant on man. Instead of furniture, the miniature home is filled with live plants and hundreds of colorful butterflies – creatures known to be the first species to show signs of strain when an ecosystem undergoes negative changes.
Although “Are you really sure that a floor can’t also be a ceiling?” was on display at the MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art only temporarily, those who were lucky enough to take a walk through the delicate micro-climate of the encaged butterflies will never forget the fragility of our irreplaceable environment.