Sustainable – An orangutan, a sloth and a blue whale are amongst the endangered species Porky Hefer has reinterpreted as giant quirky pods. The South African designer artist teamed up with local artisans to support the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, striving to look after endangered species. The project was commissioned by SFA Advisory in collaboration with the Cape Town gallery Southern Guild.
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“I think it’s important to show what beauty humans are capable of with their hands rather than the destructive mass production that technology is driving the modern consumerist society towards.” That is what Porky believes. Indeed, the alcoves were produced using environmentally sustainable materials that have been extensively hand-worked by artisans in Cape Town.
Hefer worked closely with textile artist Ronel Jordaan and craft collectives Heart Works and Mielie to translate his creatures into giant, tactile sculptures whose surfaces have been crocheted, felted, stitched and embroidered with unique embellishments.
“It’s the future of the next generation that I am concerned about and the state of the world they inherit. Looking after our animals and Earth is one thing but also the preservation of human skills, crafts and traditions,” adds Porky Hefer.
“This exhibition will raise awareness about the importance of protecting endangered species around the world.” said Terry Tamminen, CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. “Understanding our impact on the environment is a pressing issue, and we hope this exhibition and others like it will encourage people everywhere to consider making small changes toward a sustainable environment.”
The ‘Endangered’ series is one of the projects on show at Can creativity save animals’ lives? the virtual design exhibition curated by Archipanic for Monkey 47 dry gin at Isola Design District. The exhibition features also works Elena Salmistrarto, Italy, Atelier Boelhouwer, Netherlands, Peter Pichler Architecture, Italy, and Charlotte Mary Pack, UK.
All photos by Antonia Steyn. Courtesy of Southern Guild and SFA Advisory.