‘follow the leader’ from ‘waiting for climate change’ by isaac cordal, 2012
carved figurines submerged in sand and water in nieuwpoort, belgium
all images © the artist
isaac cordal: waiting for climate change
beaufort04, beaches of de panne, belgium
on now until september 30th, 2012
spanish-born, brussels-based artist isaac cordal has developed a miniature environmental installation series entitled ‘waiting for climate change’.
the collection of small sculptures were created by cordal as a commentary upon stereotypes of individuals from various backgrounds confronting
the issue of climate change in their differing ways. the artist’s treatment of each miniature character speaks to a passivity many people feel towards
the seemingly futile state of the earth’s health. cordal’s temporary works exist in public spaces; the absence of walls surrounding the exhibit allows
for the pieces to be accessed by passers-by in addition to the viewers who would normally seek out the artist’s work.
the assemblage of carved figurines, all measuring no larger than 25 cm, have been placed throughout
thirty locations across nine coastal municipalities
flemish coast. in addition to the miniature subjects displayed on the beaches of de panne, belgium, and other sea-side locations, the artist has also
developed several pieces to be shown at villa de chalutier, located in de panne as well.
a suit-clad male figure with a child’s inner tube rests in a small pool of water
thirty miniature figurines wade into a small pool of water near the sea
alternate view of the wading figures
three identical characters clutch objects close to their chests while wearing inner tubes, standing in an area of dried sand in northern belgium
‘the corporation’ is comprised of several suited male figures sinking into the sand in nieuwpoort, belgium
‘some of them climbed to the top of a pole from where they look the horizon‘ -isaac cordal
images courtesy beaufort04
the four miniature figurines lay face-down on the ground, seeming to have been exposed to materials from the factory in the background
a figurine cleaning what appears to be a mess of tar in a hazmat suit