Helmut Smits is a multidisciplinary visual artist based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Straightforward, critical and witty, Smits is a ceaseless producer of ideas that comment on society and situations in a frank and often humorous way.
For this exhibition he proposed a tree to be planted at the top of an old disused industrial chimney in the historic district of Delfshaven. The chimney previously responsible for emitting large plumes of pollution can now be used to help clean the air. The static green cloud of foliage can also be seen as a symbol of nature’s power to reclaim sites of human activity.