Things is the last piece by the swiss contemporary artist Urs Fischer, a 10-foot milled aluminum sculpture
At the piece’s core stands a life-size aluminum copy of a rhinoceros with a magnetic presence that has attracted several man-made objects into its grand orbit: more than 20 random objects like the rhinoceros is some kind of magnet., the center of a gravitational force. The artist used aluminum to mimic every possible material: the leather of a handbag, the porcelain of a toilet, a potato-chip bag and a cardboard pizza box…
Like the rhinoceros, we absorb all that comes into our vicinity, and in the process we ourselves undergo a constant, often undetectable metamorphosis. Existence itself is thus presented as an accumulation, a collective gathering of physical and metaphorical baggage.
In an interview, Mr. Fischer described the development of Things as an “eight-year process, that comes out of feeling and thoughts and then moves gradually into different objects or different forms that it can take, and then forms get changed out.”