Where have all the mountains gone?
Lane Rick & Marion Bocquet-Appel
Bazaar Compatible Program #56
Shanghai, 98 Anshun Road, stall 26
Where have all the mountains gone? is a rhetorical investigation of China's rapid mutation. Specifically, this theatrical splendor is made evident in the destruction of 700 mountains at the hands of developers in Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu province. The gargantuan effort and unhinged hubris of the project is incredible, bordering on science fiction. This earthly creation built from the fantastic scale of Chinese operations recalls a single man's recent construction of a mountain atop his Beijing residence. These two acts both summon the innocuous gesture of an urban superhero and the supreme act of creation by a romantic genius.
Our intervention in the Bazaar takes a humorous approach to address this trivial and profound question.