In the theme of Words as Art, take a look at the project Flower Markers, by Norm Magnusson. On little tin strips and plastic garden tabs you expect to see words like “marjoram,” “marigold” or “mint.” Instead, Magnusson very simply and cleverly lists the names of places which have suffered some form of ecological disaster. The juxtaposition is jarring and effective. All of a sudden the garden has ironic attitude. Boo-yeah.
The markers are currently on display at Le Petite Versailles, a sculpture garden in NYC. You can read more about what Magnusson is up to on The Art of the Prank.