The Vanishing Vanishing-Point
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Since autumn 2005 we have been following an olive tree that was planted in the Parc Leopold, a
small and well-tended park at the feet of the European Parliament, and a few dozens of meters
away from our apartment in Brussels. The Olive tree, as foreign as us, appeared in the park
several weeks after our own arrival in this city. It was difficult not to regard it as a mirror, and the
reflection it was sending us was quite discouraging. We visited this tree regularly, documenting
it while constantly questioning this new attachment we were developing towards it. The tree’s
condition has gradually deteriorated, until in spring 2012 it was removed, leaving an oval patch of
soil on the green grass.
For quite some time we didn’t know how to use the material we have created and accumulated,
both video documentation, staged clips and writings, until the day we looked at the Leopold Park
in Google Map, and saw that the tree was still there. Not in the top view, but in the street view.
Still out there, continuously dying.
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