Petro Sculpture #1.20.23

A monument for (Western) man's ignorance (2023)

Petro Sculpture #1.20.23 stands as a monument to our ignorant and blind relationship with natural resources. Standing tall at 2.1 meters, this art piece is a fusion of classical art and modern technology, featuring a life-sized replica of Michelangelo's David, a timeless symbol of beauty and strength. However, this iconic figure's head is placed within an oil drum, an unmistakable representation of our society's dangerous obsession with fossil fuels.

Recycled plastic, collected from products that contribute to our pollution crisis, are transformed through 3D printing to shape this mobile sculpture and serves as a stark reminder of the consequences of our actions. It challenges viewers to ponder over the impact of our collective ignorance and arrogance towards the pressing issue of climate change and environmental degradation. The juxtaposition of the ancient classical figure and modern industrial materials encourages us to examine the choices we make and the legacy we leave behind.

Petro sculptures is series of mash-up sculptures remixed from found footage models of fine art classics and artifacts of our fossil fuel culture. Originally envisioned as virtual sculptures for augmented reality, Petro Sculpture #1.20.23 marks the first life-sized realization of this series in public space.

Printed by RfAB
Made possible with the support of LINZimPULS

Premiere @ STWST48x9, Stadtwerkstatt Main Deck / Ars Electronica, Linz / AT (2023)
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Field testing: Petro Sculpture on wheels

see also

Petro $cultpures / Petro Cultures

related reading

Michael Aschauer: Die radikale Normalität / Die normale Radikalität, VERSORGERIN #139, August 2023