Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Disposability

One of the more inventive exhibits at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)is this sculpture, sited over the fountain in the museum's gardens. From a distance, it took me a while to realise it was a car. I discovered it was a Yugo, the car that originated in the old Yugoslavia. Despite the fact that it was generally disparaged, the marque continued until the end of 2008. The Yugo was a cheap and functional car, based on Fiat 127 and 128 models. It was regarded as disposable and so owner maintenance was generally poor. In consequence, it earned a poor (largely undeserved) reputation. Disposability has become one of the more unfortunate features of the epoch. If it's cheap, we feel we can throw it away. We value neither the object, nor the time put into making it.