Recently, threats to contaminate milk products were made public in
New Zealand. The threats said that "1080" poison (sodium fluoroacetate), which is used by the Department of Conservation to
kill opossums, rats and stoats, would be placed in infant formula
milk unless the Government stopped the use of 1080 by the end of
March 2015. This resulted in the costs and inconvenience of heightened
surveillance measures in shops as well as raising the question of
consumers' 'trust' in the product.
Although inspired by this incident, this work - a row of 'recycled' ribbons - is more about the relationship between trust and value. The distinctions between a first or second or third prize generally reflect shades of value.
Here, milk packaging, something otherwise worthless, has been woven to symbolize a recognition of three values, none higher or lower than the others.