Anselm Kiefer, Erdzeitalter at the Margulies in Miami

The following forms part of a review essay I’m composing on the permanent installation piece, Erdzeitalter, by Anselm Kiefer at the Margulies Foundation in Miami. I would appreciate ideas concerning the role played by the sunflowers in the piece:

The installation, Erdzeitlater, is composed of a massive central sculptural piece formed of stacks of canvasses and two floor to ceiling murals. The paintings that form the stack range from moderate to massive size, and the stack climbs to a height of seventeen feet. Inserted into the stack of canvasses at several points are rolls of photographic tape, most at least partially unwound, whose images snake down the stack vertically. Seven rocks occupy ledges formed by the canvasses. They range from the size of a fist to that of a small pumpkin, painted grey or dark red, and two are bound with thick wire. Eight colossal books composed of lead pages are wedged into the stack along with rolls of unused canvass. Thirty dried sunflowers treated with a plastic fixative and painted silver-grey stick out from the stack horizontally increasing the circumference of the canvass structure by up to eight feet at certain points. Piled on the floor around the canvass stack is a conspicuous layer of dirt, dried paint, rock and ceramic.

Here is an image of the piece

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