Sunday, July 5, 2009

'heaven & earth I' - CoCA Seattle

'vine plastica'-recycled plastic bags-Barbara De Pirro

'fungo plastica'-recycled plastic bags-Barbara De Pirro
A sculptural installation at Carkeek Park, Seattle, WA.

For this project I created biomorphic sculptural forms that visually express my ecological concerns. Designs conceived in my daydreams of nature, constructed reusing non-natural, indestructible materials, and then carefully placed in the natural world where they can be investigated, contemplated then documented.

The element of surprise and unexpected discovery is an integral part of this vision. The viewer meanders unassumingly through the forest, takes pause….catching a glimpse of my work placed within the brush, tucked into a knot hole or twined around a branch or tree trunk. At first glance, they may blend into the landscape; lichen, fungus or vine, but at closer examination an unearthing of these other-worldly, timeless forms occurs.
The juxtaposition of this invasive, plastic material, transformed into organic forms, positioned in this natural setting continues to inspire and soothe me.
My desire is that this cycle of concept, creation and content continues to bring glints of illumination to the viewer, bringing a renewed appreciation, consciousness and environmental awareness.

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Funding for this project was made possible in part by CoCA Seattle