Everything has started with corks
in March 2017 we started a cork wall project, that took almost four month to complete. The final masterpiece concluded around eighteen thousand pieces of wine and spumante corks. It covers around five square meters of wall and weights almost hundred kilos. It is a tribute to a character behind artists persona. And represents thousands of sealed bottles that has been once opened on different occasions.
Each cork represents people behind those bottles. Each cork has individual aromas and they represent bouquet of emotions that was shared on the occasions between participants. You can imagine each cork as a road crossing, or knot of lifelines that comes together in a huge complex web. Some of those corks were dirty and worn, others new and shiny. They had definitely different forms, and were origin from different price bottles. As people who’s shared the drinks, that was sealed with those corks, were definitely coming from different economic and social classes.
Those corks represent different countries, the wine was produced in, and different methods. Those corks represents disappearing natural resources and traditions. Those corks represents culture, and social problems. And after all, its just a dogs face on the wall.
Corks were donated by individuals an restaurants of Helsinki and Tallin. Cork is fascinating material for crafting, recycling and art projects. We are living era irresponsible consumption. Its possible that we will use up some of those resources that we don’t understand to appreciate and love. That why I encourage you to make shelf life art, and try recycle something you already own.