As part of his Pictures of Junk series, Vik Muniz uses domestic and industrial detritus to reinterpret old master paintings of Greek and Roman mythological subjects. This photograph is a re-creation of a painting by Goya that depicts the Roman myth of the god Saturn. Fearing his children would overthrow him, Saturn ate each child as it was born.
Muniz collects and arranges “junk” to create these tableaux, enlisting inner-city youth involved in the Centro Espacial to help him. (Muniz created the charity in Rio de Janeiro to bring art projects to life for underprivileged young people.) A warehouse floor serves as his canvas, and he photographs from an elevated height, so that individual objects are reduced to brushstroke-like gestures.