About 12 years ago I started collecting corks...
I was looking at people opening wine bottles and throwing the corks to the garbage I was going to restaurants asking what they were doing with the cork screws and they were telling me they were throwing them out.
So… I started collecting corks. I started casually, slowly… I was collecting all kinds of corks. Real corks, plastic corks, colored corks Friends and acquaintances were giving me bags full of corks. Corks were everywhere. They were piling up... It soon became a kind of obsession. The studio was full of boxes upon boxes of all kinds of corks. People were curious. They were asking me what I was going to do with them...
One day, last spring, I took a few corks out of the pile and started putting them together. It felt good. Every used cork is different than the next one and every small piece added, creates a different gesture, a different body movement. It is like I am creating movement without motion. Every cork figure takes about 300 corks and about three full days of work to realize. Every Cork is looking for a companion. Every Cork gives birth to the next one.
The Corks make sense only if they continue growing. The Corks make sense because they give us a chance to rethink, to recycle, to renew and to recreate. We start rethinking of creative ways to reuse material. We recycle because this is the one of the few ways to conserve resources and to save our environment. We renew by reviving already used materials and have lower environmental impact. We recreate because this way we become innovative, inspired, creative and ultimately happy.
So, the Corks must continue growing. With your help the Cork People will multiply and will, eventually, become a sculptural installation and find the place they deserve to be exhibited. (Everything is possible, they might even become prototypes for an even bigger project…). So, give the Corks a second chance, because everyone can be more than they are! I hope you like the project and you will become part of it. Have a wonderful day!
Risks and challenges
Everything is a matter of time.... Enough time to finish the Cork People, to finish paintings for the galleries, enough time to finish and deliver all the rewards in the suggested timeline...
But I work hard and I think I can make it. Thank you for your support.
- (30 days)