Although Deimantas Narkevičius is better known today for his cinematographic work, his career started with sculpture and found objects. His aim to personalise the relationship between the artist and his work emerged during his study years, as also did his search for a means of expression matching the conceptual idea. This prompted him to embrace the avant-garde tradition of art and the principles of site-specific art. At that stage, he sought to cast off the dominant romantic concept of art and actualise other principles of visual expression that would directly and didactically reflect the thinking of the artist. He builds his creative platform on found objects and ready-mades, siting them in the historical context of the environment they belong to. This is how he creates a new semantic field to communicate the artist's idea.
The work Too Long on a Pedestal was made in 1994, when the Lithuanian public was still affected by the huge political and social shifts of the early 1990s. The stagnant and morally compromised ideological system that had dominated social life for nearly 50 years was being replaced by a new one. This work, tinged with subtle humour, is a reflection on how the heritage of the political system becomes history. The means of expression selected by the artist, a pair of worn-out classic-style shoes, now filled with coarse salt, points to the statues of heroes that used to embody the value system of the former epoch, but the people promptly removed them from their pedestals, as politics changed its course.