Palm hearts

Palmitos (Palm Heart) is an installation using thousands of jars of illegally extracted palm heart seized by the Forest Police on the border of São Paulo state.

The palm heart in question was harvested illegally and stored in contaminated water under totally unsanitaryconditions in jars collected from garbage tips.

I was invited by the Environmental Secretariat to use this palm heart haul, stored at a government warehouse, to create a visual work in Villa Lobos Park. After the exhibition, the material was incinerated.

Technical specification

3 thousand pieces
Glass jars containing processed palm heart, black insulating tape, scaffolding and wire rope
8 x 1.30 x 4 m

Villa Lobos Park
São Paulo, 2008