This work, a heart made from miniature plastic soldiers, was exhibited at the Geopark HQ in Idanha-a-Nova. It was a good, if not hugely original, idea.


However an hour or so after the exhibition opened, a soldier dropped to the floor.


He was hurriedly stuck back on.


But then another soldier fell off, and another…


By the time the conference ended four days later, the majority of the soldiers had plummeted to the floor. Surely this was very apt – the falling of the soldiers could be seen as their falling in battle, and the gradual death of the heart. It wasn’t what the artist had originally intended, but seemed OK to me.

We were told that all the soldiers were going to be reattached on the day after the conference ended.