His installations are always complex assemblages of various two- and three-dimensional elements, often incorporating existing sculptures. They make a chaotic impression, as snapshots from a process, temporarily fixed for a particular exhibition. Bade often continues work on the pieces and re-uses components in his next show.
Sometimes elements from such installations are lost; either by design or as a consequence of the situation. In 1995 Bade exhibited drawings in the open air at the Venice Biennale. They got soaked and torn in the rain and visitors took the remnants. Bade was not impressed.