PETS

Urban intervention with monumental floating sculptures in the form of soda bottles.

Currently the work participates in the Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporaneo da America do Sul (Bienal Sur) in several localities of Argentina. It occupied the Tietê River (2008), the Guarapiranga dam (2010), the Bragança Paulista lake (2012) and the Santos beach (2014).

The work refers to an ecological significance for its shape and context in the contaminated urban landscape. The appropriation and scale-up of an icon of consumption reveals man's complex relationship with nature and a provocation to the anesthetized senses in urban everyday. But the work also points to a poetic navigation and a shared message with the public through social actions during the exhibition period. In São Paulo, for example, 3,000 children navigated within the Tietê River with Itaú Cultural monitoring.

In Argentina, the sculptures will navigate the Paraná River and Rio de la Plata until they dock at the polluted mouth of the Riachuelo-Matanza river, in the iconic neighborhood of La Boca, where the project activities will be generated at the Bienal Sur.

For Srur: "It is necessary to recycle ideas, to recycle the look and the way we see reality and, mainly, to recycle the function of art in society, proposing its existence in people's lives through more accessible practices and actions. Art must go beyond the horizon, break frontiers. If you're scared, put on the lifejacket and move on."

Technical specification

20 pieces
Vinyl, motorized inflator pump, floating platform, anchorage, wire rope, electric wiring and cables with fluorescent lamps
10 x 3.5 m each

Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporaneo da America do Sul (Bienal Sur)
Argentina, 2017

Tiete River
Sao Paulo, 2008

Photo: Cia. de foto

Photo: Cássio Vasconcelos

10º Festival de Arte da Serrinha
Lago Taboão
Bragança Paulista, 2011

Photo: Guilherme Yuji

Praia do Sol
Represa Guarapiranga
São Paulo, 2012

Photo: Dong Hyun Sung

Foto: Dong Hyun Sung

Photo: Dong Hyun Sung

Photo: Dong Hyun Sung

Photo: Dong Hyun Sung

INTERVENTIONS