Art installation containing 2000 white apping glow in the dark garden gnomes, coffin, candles, funeral bouquet, sound effects.

The first installation in the ‘apping garden gnome series’ is about how we deal with big life-changing moments. At first glance the dark, silent hall with the coffin, burning candles and soft glowing crowd around it, gives the impression of a serene evening wake. Zooming in, we quickly loose the impression of a mourning crowd and see the actual self indulged individuals attending the funeral yet not being present with their heart and soul thereby avoiding life itself.

“Sorry, you were saying” storms what is believed the last respectful offline fortress: death. However doing research on this topic, an astonishing 1/3 of people attending a funeral admitted to have taken a selfie.

The installation is on display 11-12 February 2016 at the Pauluskerk in Breukelen (the Netherlands).

About Edward Bernsteyn
Edward Bernsteyn is the brain child of me, Bram Ellens, and provides the comfort (and rock star name) to create the art I want to bring into this world. In my work I aim to bring a little wonder into peoples lives yet always blended with a dim, sometimes even grim undertone. My language is one of epic installations, which I realize supported by an extended team that provides expertise, production capacity and operational support.


Overview of the installation

Overview of the gnomes

Gnomes front close up

Gnomes side close up