June 21 – September 30
A series of sculptures by Cracking Art will appear on the island in June. The Cracking Art movement was born in 1993 with the intention to radically change the history of art through a strong social and environmental commitment. The name Cracking Art comes from the English verb “to crack”, which expresses the state of being split, broken, cracked, or crashed. This catalytic cracking, as the name suggests, is also the term for the chemical reaction that occurs when converting raw crude oil into plastic. For the artists, it represents the instant when something natural becomes artificial and is the reason why they seek to seize that very moment in their art form.
The choice of recyclable plastic for its aesthetic appeal shows acceptance of the inevitability of our world becoming increasingly artificial. The artworks are designed to inspire a community-wide conversation about the importance and the environmental impact of recycling while leaving a potent artistic trace in the communities we live in. The movement’s philosophy connects common reason to individual meditation, creating installations with animals that appear unexpectedly in everyday places.
The surprise of seeing an ordinary subject made extraordinary through its super-size, vivid color, and form, attracts the attention of passersby, inviting people to re-examine their perspectives on urban life while inspiring them to play with our cities while mentally and physically re-building them.