2) PROJECT 2 ARTIST INFO:
Leonardo Drew is an African-American artist. Growing up in the housing projects of Bridgeport, Connecticut, the city dump occupied every view from his apartment. Such surroundings generated the ideas of re-use of materials, life, death, regeneration that feature in his oeuvre to this day. His intallations and sculptures are a mixture of natural and manmade materials. Often mistaken for consisting of found objects, the works are actually made of fresh materials, intentionally subjected to processes of weathering, oxidisation, burning and decay. Invoking the idea of the cyclical nature of existance, they also serve critique social injustices. Number 77 is a monumental example of this type of design which reminds the viewer if the merciless, dehumanising aspect of modern existance yet also imparts a melancholic feel.