“Do you want to rent a duck?”
“I start with grass, weave it into rope, and then knot the rope into sculptures,” he explains. Behind Makroni is a garage-sized gallery of rope cows and buffaloes, men and elephants, and dragons suspended from roof beams. It takes three months to build a life-size cow from one acre of grass. Makroni's work sells for around Rp 50 million ($5,000) a piece.
In a steep-roofed café in the art market, the waitress cleaves the bottom off a coconut rendering it steady to stand. She whacks off the top and sets the coconut bowl on the table. Her muddy fingerprints have soiled the lip of the white straw.