‘The mutation of an everyday object into an art substance.’
This giant cat & several large apes were hanging out by the port in Cannes, just a stones throw from the sea (you can see the yachts in the background of this photo). The cat in particular was rather scary…… & enormous!
The sculptures are the work of Serge Van de Put, a Belgian artist, with a background in advertising. He was inspired during a trip to Africa by the ability of the people living there to give new life to worn out tyres. This transformation saw the tyres reborn as shoes, buckets & other useful objects. The photo below shows the tread of the tyres & gives an indication of the huge scale of this sculpture. It also gives a sense of how the artist has used the pliable nature of the material to create the form.
A little further along the edge of the port was this cage with its pair of captives.
Chained to the outside of the cage was the final imposing figure below
Here is a link to a video of Serge’s work on display in the beautiful setting of Chateau de La Napoule just to the west of Cannes.
The exhibition is on for only a few more days, but more of Serge’s work can be viewed on his website: www.sergevandeput.com I particularly loved the fly on the home page of this site!