Monday, 19 September 2011

Artlantique. made in Africa

The fishermen from the West coast of Africa decorate their boats with gaily coloured geometric designs. Once the fishermen return to the beach after the days fishing, the boats, seen from a distance form an extensive colourful mosaic. Attracted by the beauty of this scene, we asked ourselves if after their long, ocean going life, the wood could be in good enough condition to begin a new life. To be reincarnated into furniture. For the Africans the concept of recycling is a life style not a fashion. The question was if the wood after being a sea going vessel would radiate the same energy and preserve the history of the fishermen.

One thing that stands out to me the most is that yes for Africans upcycling was indeed just a way to proplong the life of a particluar object for example old  tomatoes crate boxes being used as seating, disused ice cream containers finding themselves being used for storage, Many things are given a second leases on life but without "art" in mind, but now that innovation is being infused with art and the outcome is what you see here. 

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