put your foot down installation by riitta ikonen

put your foot down installation by riitta ikonen

final installation (photo by georgie scott)

london based artist riitta ikonen was recently commissioned to create an installation piece through YCN for actionaid’s put your foot down campaign combatting violence against women and helping to end HIV and AIDS. the installation was created using 200 pairs of old shoes donated to the project. ikonen transformed the hundreds of shoes into a special installation that was displayed within the department for international development buildings to coincide with international women’s day on march 8th.

YCN has shared some photos of the installation and a look at the behind the scenes process. ikonen assembled the shoes into a large grid, painting the majority black. some of the shoes were then re-imagined using an array of materials and displayed on clear shelves in the final installation. from feathers and grass, to crayons and nails, the artist used a variety of objects and materials to transform the old shoes into works of art.

http://www.riittaikonen.com http://www.actionaid.org.uk http://www.ycnonline.comput your foot down installation by riitta ikonenl:final installation (photo by riitta ikonen) r: riitta ikonen explaining her work (photo by georgie scott)

put your foot down installation by riitta ikonendetail of installation (photo by georgie scott)

put your foot down installation by riitta ikonenthe old shoes arrive before the artist gets to work (photo by riitta ikonen)

put your foot down installation by riitta ikonenmost of the shoes were painted black and hung on white panels (photos by riitta ikonen)

put your foot down installation by riitta ikonenthe crayon shoe in process (photo by riitta ikonen)

put your foot down installation by riitta ikonencrayon stub shoe (photo by riitta ikonen)

put your foot down installation by riitta ikonenstaple stiletto (photo by riitta ikonen)

put your foot down installation by riitta ikonenfeather shoe (photo by riitta ikonen)

put your foot down installation by riitta ikonenpuzzle shoe (photo by riitta ikonen)

put your foot down installation by riitta ikonenseed shoe (photo by riitta ikonen)

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