One insidious side effect of prolonged Social Distancing is the gradual collapse of the ability to understand physical distance. Digital communication tools like Zoom or Skype or FaceTime dissociate the senses, privileging visual and auditory facsimiles over all other senses. The resulting effect is one of surreal shifting scale – other people in the world are impossibly far away, but infinitely accessible.
The Garden of Obsolete is a public park located in the city of Los Angeles, understood through the dissociating prism of a prolonged Social Distancing ordinance. Familiar objects shift scale and subvert the diminutive effect of optical perspective. Physical distance morphs from a static, objective relationship between different objects to a subjective and unreliable relationship between viewer and object.