Forgotten Dream


Cast iron and vintage wedding dress

470 × 90 × 90 cm (185 1/16 × 35 7/16 × 35 7/16 in.)

A worn-out wedding dress rises towards the ceiling from an iron support made out of a manhole cover. The symbol of intimate happiness and social achievement is here out of reach, a metaphor of lost hope and the utopia that never was.

As in many of the artist's artworks, Forgotten Dream creates a dialogue between different symbols and cultural references through recycled objects. A magical vision emerges from this bold assemblage in which we can project ourselves and to which we can identify.

David Hammons's Forgotten Dream was first shown in 2006 at the Where Are We Going? exhibition at Palazzo Grassi, in Venice.