Street Artist Aïda Gómez and the Green Illusion, Hamburg

The phrase “the grass is always greener on the other side” is a well-known idiom that suggests that people tend to believe that others have it better than themselves. However, in some cases, the grass really is greener on the other side, but it’s not because of natural reasons. Instead, it’s done through artificial means, such as painting the grass.

In fact, it has become an inspiration for artists like Aïda Gómez, who created a remarkable installation for Ms Artville festival in Hamburg. Gomez read that the practice of painting grass has become more common in places where drought is a major issue, such as in China. In an attempt to maintain the appearance of green grass, municipal landscaping departments have resorted to painting the grass with fluorescent green paint. While this may seem like a quick fix, it raises questions about the sustainability of this approach. The issue of water scarcity is a global concern, and it’s not going away anytime soon. While painting the grass may provide temporary relief, it doesn’t address the root cause of the problem.

Gomez’s contribution to the festival was a huge roller with green paint on the brown dry grass, drawing inspiration from the Chinese workers who painted the grass with fluorescent green paint.

Image copyright Aïda Gómez

The installation is a thought-provoking commentary on using artificial illusions. It challenges us to rethink that not everything is as it seems. Gomez’s installation reminds us that “sometimes the grass is greener on the other side because it’s fake.”



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