The artist explains his ‘performance’ on his website by stating that “a full stock of cabbage for the winter was once a symbol of material well-being in China, but nowadays the rich have cast it aside in favor of fancy restaurants where waste signifies status. Yet, for the poor and struggling, the realities of cabbage as a subsistence bottom line have not changed. What's changed is the value structure that dictates what—and who—is valuable or worthless in Chinese society”.
I've been all around the world
To the gulf of Mexico,
And I ain't never seen no cabbage
With a collar and leash on it before
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