The winning painting in New Zealand's largest Biennial Art Award in 1974. It was purchased by the Dunedin Art Gallery for a New Zealand record price. The painting is painted from the viewpoint of the old man reflected in the mantelpiece mirror . The mirror above the mantelpiece reflects the back of his head, and the vandalised derelict room of the present. He is looking at the derelict room and remembering how it used to be. The roots represent time that has passed in the same way cobwebs, dust, rust and decay represent age.