Giant Plastic Animals Appear Across Europe [Pics]

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Image: Cracking Art Group

Penguins marching, one by one. These yellow birds make for a spectacular scene on the water. Kampa Museum, Prague 2008

All images via Cracking Art Group

Since 1983, colourful giant animals have been spotted around the world. Some seem to emerge right out of the water, while others hang in the balance like some kind of animal laundry between close-knit buildings. Still others stand guard atop historic landmarks and downtown balconies while top predators revert to their basest instincts in a bid for survival. Created using recycled plastic bottles by Cracking Art Group, these animals represent the art collective’s strong social and environmental ethic while bringing accessible contemporary art to the masses.


Image: Cracking Art Group

SOS WORLD 49° Biennale di Venezia 2001

The art group, which consists of six members from Italy, France and Belgium, derived their name from the term used to describe the transformation of petroleum to plastic, called ‘catalytic cracking’. All six artists use the medium of plastic to give rise to their own interpretation of “our contemporary problems and tensions.”

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Image: Cracking Art Group

Lacrime di coccodrillo exhibit in the Chiostro del Bramante, Rome 2007. Translated as ‘Crocodile Tears’ in English, this installation includes a poor poodle with all the bones he could ever want surrounded by hungry purple crocodiles.

From the group’s website:

“Cracking is the gap of the contemporary man, struggling between the primary naturalness and a future more and more artificial.”

In their efforts to divert toxic waste from harming the environment, the group also recycles its animals, reincarnating old installations into new artworks to be displayed around the world.

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