Monday, 29 October 2012

a cracking work of art

Fifty blue plastic snails slowly climbed upon Milan's
duomo roof earlier this month invading the city landmark,
the gothic cathedral that took nearly six centuries to
complete, in the striking artistic intervention called
'Re-generation' by Cracking Art Group.

Cracking Art Group is a ten-year-old collective made up
of six international artists (from Belgium, Italy and France)
whose name comes from the catalytic reforming process
which transforms the raw liquid mixture of hydrocarbons
into full range naphta, the basis for several 
products including plastic.
”Cracking is the gap of the contemporary man, struggling
between the primary naturalness and a future more and

 more artificial” they came to write in their statement
”cracking is that kind of process which converts the
natural into the artificial, the organic into the synthetic.”

By selecting recycled plastic, the group wants to retain
control of the dramatic process while evoking the
strict relationship between human, artificial and
environmental nature linking themselves into a
conceptual formula able to challenge the actual rules
of contemporary art and that's why they created and
placed 50 huge snail sculptures on the roof of the
fourth largest cathedral in the world as well as to call
attention to its much-needed restoration.
”By perseverance the snail reached the ark” 
to cite Charles Spurgeon.

> all images © by Cracking Art Group <

1 comment:

  1. Dearest Elisabetta,
    That looks like a special and fun art project. Using recycled plastic is a great idea.
    Hugs to you,