Fake Plastic Trees seeks to highlight the difference in lifestyles and awareness in Hope Town, Abaco, by creating a physical barrier that prevents you from seeing what is right in front of you: A concrete visual obstruction as an analogy; a space of contemplation that enables and reinforces the need for continuous open dialogue regarding responsible and sustainable tourism.
Hope Town is a quaint tropical island paradise and one of the original settlements of The Bahamas. Rapid development has transformed parts of this idyllic island into a commodity of indulgent oases, sealed against sustainable island life, real island life. Transplants live in a plastic bubble of consumption, comfort, and ease while working locals struggle to keep up with the inflated cost of living and all of the other ills that come with foreign investment and sale of birthright. We are now faced with the question: How can we make forward progress while preserving our culture and traditions, as well as the natural world around us?
About the artist:
Attila Feszt was born in Nassau in 1976 and has drawn for as long as he can remember. He studied in the UK and graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BA in History of Art and Design with Graphic Design in 1999. His art and design work is an attempt to capture the essence of island life in the Bahamas using original pattern designs, paintings, and illustrations inspired by its pristine natural beauty. He uses simple and familiar design elements that translate easily to functional applications. Much of his recent work is inspired by the motto ‘by reducing the world we make it larger.'