Carlos Mercado, Alternative Nature, 2015.

Dorado Beach Resort’s east golf course. Installation based on mirror boxes with large printed tropical fruits over them.

Alternative Nature

Puerto Rican artist Carlos Mercado initiated the Art in Golf Triennial 2015 with the inauguration of his installation Alternative Nature on February 27, 2014. The objects produced in this installation are extracts from his previous installation, Nature Morte, which was inaugurated in La Campechada 2012 at Fuerte San Cristobal in Old San Juan. The artist’s inspiration was derived from Puerto Rican painter Francisco Oller’s “Bodegón”. This type of art is known as still life, were the elements of design, composition, and light are combined.

Alternative Nature was composed of the digital prints of several tropical fruits inside acrylic mirror boxes. These boxes were scattered around an area in the golf course of Dorado Beach allowing the surrounding nature to serve as a canvas. This characteristic allowed for the spectators to act as an element of the installation, thus creating an interrelationship between the artwork and the spectators.