Stefan Sagmeister's Banana Wall

I guess I missed this back in 2008, but luckily Design Boom had a piece on Stefan Sagmeister this morning, and the Banana Wall was featured. I love the look but I have very mixed feelings about using this amount of food to produce a piece of this nature. That's 7200 bananas, folks. 7200 bananas that were flown half way around the world. Is it worth the carbon footprint? Do we care that those bananas never had the chance to be eaten? Could a similar effect have been achieved with reclaimed materials? Am I turning into a Hippie?


  1. I wonder why he felt he needed to use bananas. Why not those plastic easter eggs?

  2. I suppose the message that is eventually obscured when the whole thing turns a uniform over-ripe oozing brown is part of the artist's commentary. Certainly give one a lot to ponder. And tho' I have similar feelings to you yours, being in the position having to defend or explain an artist's work, when a friend or family member says, "That's not art!" this particular piece is just that, because it provokes.

    We all create small amounts unnecessary waste every day, that could easily add up to something of this magnitude over time, and yet we think little or nothing of it. It isn't until one sees it en masse that it makes an impact.

  3. Imagine him creating in Australia right now with Banana's at over $15 a kg! That would be some expensive artwork.

  4. Ok, I think I can see some links in what is presented. I'm a designer from Brazil, and first I must introduce the work of Profeta Gentileza, or, ' Prophet of Kindness'. After a circus burned in Niterio, Rio de Janeiro, killing 500 people, he believed hearing voices claiming for help, and he went straight to the location where the circus was setup. There, he created a garden over the ashes of the dead people, and eased the pain of the ones who lost their relatives by giving them kind speaches. He then migrated to the city, walking randomly on the streets, spreading his words based on 'kindness'. He decided then to write his words on the streets, on walls and on big columns under a very famous high-ways. His calligraphy was very unique, an original type face, and didn't bother doubling or trebling letters on words. He already passed away, and his work is now protected and cannot be erased anymore. You guys can just google Profeta Gentileza on images, and you'll find plenty of shots. His catch-phrase was 'Gentileza gera gentileza', or, 'Kindness produces kindness'.

    Adding a little bit guys must know Brazi's flag colors, and that we have plenty of banana's (Carmem Miranda?). I think all links are done: the typeface, the phrase, colors and even the size and proportion of the work.

    Well, now everything said, I wonder if Profeta Gentileza or Brazil is ever credited.

  5. In response: No, yes, probably much better, and there's nothing wrong with it if you are.