A rural-kitsch monument that sheds light on breast cancer in Iceland and all over the world
Art installation | Vík í Mýrdal, Iceland, 2019
October is the international Breast Cancer Awareness Month and countless Icelandic companies make pink colored products and sell them with the promise to donate a portion of the total cost to the Icelandic Cancer Research Society. Among other interesting ideas, farmers all around Iceland have been given the opportunity to wrap their hay in pink plastic, instead of using the regular white one. Therefore, in the last couple of years, the Icelandic rural areas have been dotted by pink marshmallow-like bales: a funny chromatic ‘contamination’ that has become a new rural symbol for the cause.
"Contemplerary"'s creative process considers these bales as modular elements that can be assembled for the construction of a monument inspired by a classical architectural ruin. The temple is made of 294 hay bales: 90 circular bales for the columns and 204 rectangular bales for the base or crepidoma. The structure is obviously very heavy but it looks extremely light since it has the same visual impact of an inflatable bounce house.
The installation radically contrasts with the ‘moony’ surroundings, creating a surreal space-time experience that has the goal to be viral on social medias in order to spread awareness and support the fight against cancer.