Nothing to be done

Melany Nugent-Noble
August 8, 2020 to August 29, 2021

Nothing to be done takes reference from the stage set of Samuel Beckett’s play, Waiting for Godot. First performed in Paris in 1953, the play is about two characters—Vladimir and Estragon—who wait beneath a tree by a country road for Godot (who never arrives).

The courtyard is intended to provide a refuge for the imagination—a focal point for contemplation where one has permission to let their mind wander towards adventure, possibility, and the unknown.

Melany Nugent-Noble is a Kelowna-based artist. Her work responds to the political and social nature of public spaces, and takes various forms including community-focused installations. She was recently selected as the City of Kelowna’s first Artist in Residence.

There have been numerous interpretations of Waiting for Godot, and although there has never been consensus on its meaning, it is noted that Beckett was inspired by Caspar David Friedrich’s 1820 painting Two Men Contemplating the Moon. This atmospheric installation refers to both the scene described in the play and the painting, complete with a large replica moon hanging low in the sky next to a Burr Oak tree.


Two Men Contemplating the Moon, Caspar David Friedrich (1774–1840), ca. 1825–30, oil on canvas, photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.








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