Irene Lupi



Aquatic installation, mixed technique; natural rods, bicycles, ropes, galvanized steel wire, transparent silicone, screws, wood, plastic bottles, 240 x 170 cm

The germinal idea for this installation comes from a memory of when I was a little girl on the beaches of the isle of Elba. The 1980s were happy years. The economy of excess did not yet prefigure the spectre of crisis, and certain luxuries could be seen, such as the sophisticated waterbikes that sat mostly unused on the beach alongside the lifeguard. I wanted to take up the idea once more, exploring the playful aspect but now with recycled material, thereby utterly overturning the scene and its significance. The model of consumerism now becomes an occasion for everyone through an open-source project, a symbol of ecologically aware consumption.

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