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Kiyan Williams, In Defense of Weeds, 2022, Amaranths, pedestal, and grow light, Dimensions variable
In Defense of Weeds features a plant called an Amaranth. The Amaranth is positioned on top of a mirror-polished stainless-steel planter that seamlessly rests on a black pedestal. Hovering above is a grow light that illuminates the Amaranth and pedestal while providing heat and light so that the plant may continue to grow in the gallery. The Amaranth is characterized by numerous green leaves and each plant will produce flowers at the end of tall reddish stems. The colors of the flowers are usually burgundy, red, pink, or salmon. Many horticulturists in the United States consider Amaranth a weed but in India, South Asia, and South America it has been grown for centuries as a spice and favorite ingredient in a variety of dishes and drinks. Here in the gallery it is as a precious object to be protected.