Dirty dishes have overshadowed all of our lives, at one point or another. Mike Fleming created a 15 by 15 foot ‘Monument To Dirty Dishes’ for his graduate thesis exhibition at Alfred University.
His website contains a good description of how the piece functions: “Every ten minutes, trap doors suddenly burst open on the ceiling and floor of an empty white room. A blur of dishes — plates, wine glasses, spoons, knifes, forks, etc — falls so quickly from the ceiling that they are nearly imperceptible. They disappear into the floor and the trapdoors close again just as abruptly as they opened.”
Fleming’s kinetic sculpture is a brilliant representation of the presence of dishes throughout life—how they expand alarmingly into our world only to disappear into the order of cleanliness with a rapidity that eventually becomes mundane.