Maxwell Sterry, ‘PIECES OF WHAT’, 2015, ARTE funktional

Art and beauty can often be found in unusual places, and the process of creating can often be more fascinating than the end result. Ecological art encourages a dialogue centered around social transformation.
This sculpture installation is meant to express both an environmental message and a message about creativity, and how the two concepts work together. By using recycled materials we are doing our part at being aware of our impact on the Earth.
When not used as art pieces, columns are generally used as architectural elements to support loads. Without these supports, the loads would crumble and fall. It is from these pieces that new columns, unfinished and empty, rise, just as plants do from dirt. While both garbage and dirt are things we try to keep out of our life, they can both give birth to things both beautiful and practical.
Benches are provided to give visitors a chance to sit down and think about the things that are thrown away, what other uses there are for these items, as well as what it is that these columns made of garbage are supporting.
The fruit and vegetable garden represents the connection with the land in the Okanagan Valley—an important food producer of the region— which we will like to share with the public at harvest time.
The work may challenge the viewer’s preconceived ideas. It is our intention to open paths with new possibilities to co-exist with our local environments.

Signature: Certificate of Authentication signed by the artist.

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Pieces of What Exhibition
Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna BC Canada
Spring 2015 - Spring 2016

About Maxwell Sterry

Canadian, based in Montreal, QC, Canada