Le Vrai Fake II

Year: 2019 - ongoing

Material:  Seedsculptures (earth, clay, seeds), ceramics and  stainless steel 


This installation is the continuation of a previous work,  Le Vrai Fake.


In Le Vrai Fake Daels questions the role of authenticity by reproducing a stone, found in the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco. While some of the copies are worth more than the original, the value of the authentic was lost. The stone’s origins were lost and among its copies, it received a new identity.


Years later a feeling of guilt arose, taking the stone away from it’s origins to an unknown environment. While searching for explanations for this bizarre sentiment towards a stone, she decided to dig deeper into the genisis and the history of this stone. Through research of the political and geological issues of its original habitat, Daels decided to return the stone to where it came from, and together with it, a gesture of hope and life. Therefore she reproduced the stone again, this time with clay, earth and seeds.


With this project she wants to highlight the problem of desertification today. Desertification is the expansion or creation of deserts resulting from climate change and erosion through poor landscape management. Every year water stress worsens life in the villages, slowly creating inhabitable areas. One of the strategies to protect the land from drying out, or even to restore a desert landscape, is to grow forests.


Therefore Lola Daels created sculptures using the seed bomb technique*. These sculptures will bloom once the’re in contact with water.


* Seedbombing is the practice of introducing vegetation to land by throwing seed balls. The clay stores the seeds, and protects them against the external world. It gives them all the time they need in order to grow with the exact conditions they prefer.


Text by Sebastiaan Willemen

Read a text from Hans Theys about
Le Vrai Fake on his  website.

The Art Couch wrote an article about this work. Read it here.

This project was made possible by the support of the Flemish Government, EKWC workcentre (The Netherlands), Dupret Marcelle’s atelier de terre and Gluon.

Photo by Silvia Cappellari.