West End (2014)
16:9 HD video | colour | sound | infinite duration
A little girl wearing a red bicycle helmet knocks upon Franz West's pink tombstone in the Zentralfriedhof Cemetery of Vienna as though it was a door. The child's discovery of the acoustic properties of the hollow lacquered aluminium ensures that attention is drawn to the artist's grave over the many other illustrious figures that surround it. As an infinite loop, the video suggests that the echoing noise generated by this repeated action may eventually wake the artist from his place of final rest—making the sculpture's role as a tombstone redundant.
This work is part of a recurring series of video and sound projects produced at sites around the world that reflect on what memorials for the deceased continue to represent for us today. Other examples include Strawberry Field Recording (2006), Death Scene Coach (2013), Little Poet Thomas (2017) and Backyard Psycho (2018).