Walter Robinson – Fruit de Mer
Dimensions: 104 x 75 x 36″ sculpture
Medium: wood, MDF, brass
This work by Walter Robinson depicts containers on a ship, based on an Egyptian funerary ship. Egyptian funerary ships are slave driven. Seeing all the container ships being shipped from China inspired this image. The title, Fruit de Mer, indicated consumption, yet makes this concept formal and elegant, again reminiscent of Egyptian funerary boat pageantry.
The many colors of the containers are reminiscent of the many languages of the Tower of Babel. The Tower of Babel, located in Nimrud, was constructed in a ziggurat shape, as is this Fruit de Mer.