August 4, 2020

Milanese plastic art "invades" Arizona in pursuit of the environment and animals

Penguins that blend in with cacti, fish hanging from the ceiling, a weeping crocodile for humanity, rabbits and giant elephants are recyclable sculptures exhibited since this Saturday in the Arizona Botanic Garden to warn about climate change and after animal care .

Arriving from Milan (Italy) to Phoenix (Arizona), the exhibition "Wild Rising" (home invasion) houses 1,000 sculptures of striking colors and some large-scale, installed by the Cracking Art collective from this Saturday so that the public can see them for six months

"The interesting thing about this exhibition is that it is always transformed, the material we use to make these sculptures (plastic) is regenerated to create other animals that are exhibited in other spaces worldwide," one of the exhibitors and creators told Efe, artistically known as Kicco.

Cracking Art has five members who specialize in working with plastic with the intention of radically changing the history of art through a strong social and environmental commitment.

"These penguins that you see here will later be frogs, and so it will happen with other animals; instead of throwing away what we do not use, we will use it again and transform it into something different. It is a way of working in the conservation of the environment," said the Milanese artist.

During the exhibition you can see 20 penguins posing among the cacti and 40 gray wolves as custodians; a large snail with 100 kilos of weight, a 3 meter tall rabbit, 300 fish hanging from the ceiling, a 5 meter long crocodile, as well as bears, frogs, birds, a huge white elephant inside a gallery and the sympathetic meerkats of the African deserts.

"This elephant is an allusion to the American phrase 'elephant in the room', referring to what humanity sometimes prefers to ignore about climate change, plastics in the oceans and the importance of recycling," said Kicco.

The Italian says that "Wild Rising" can be considered an artistic installation, but it is also sometimes defined as an "invasion" by plastics that, when produced in large quantities, have the effect of occupying large spaces.

"Our desire is to give the term 'invasion' a positive connotation of opportunity and collaborate with a change, it is mostly a complaint," he said.

Kicco explained that the reason they recycle plastic again is to demonstrate how nature is constantly transformed.

"This is how a crocodile then becomes a wolf; it is a way of teaching how nature adapts, since it does not die, but changes and survives," he said.

Cracking Art was created in the 90s and each project of the group is new, so its creators analyze the typical characteristics of the place where the sculptures are going to be exhibited.

In this way, they capture the uniqueness of the site so that there can be an interaction of space with visitors.

"We chose the works of art and colors based on the architecture, the landscape and the result we want to achieve. Each place is different, it can be from a shopping center to the Arizona Botanical Garden," Kicco said.

As detailed, part of the material comes from external suppliers, while the other is from previous work that has been regenerated and covered with organic paint.

"The interest in this system, in addition to our desire for environmental sustainability, derives from philosophical thinking about an infinite universe, where 'infinity' indicates life that is constantly regenerating," he said.

Your next facility will include pets such as dogs and cats to raise awareness about animal care within homes. Not only in forests or wild areas, Crackin Art executive director Paolo Bettinardi announced to Efe.

"It is a way of preserving nature within our homes. We seek to promote adoption rather than pet purchases," said Bettinardi and said they are working on three-dimensional facilities.

Visitors will be able to "take out their inner child" and interact with "vibrant" figures and discover their preservation messages for the environment, Bettinardi said.

Beatriz Limón

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