Artists have turned to the equine for inspiration since time immemorial, but two recent projects are offering a new slant on horses in art – and recycling.
A large resin trojan rocking horse covered with more than 18,000 discarded computer keys by German artist Babis Panagiotidis is titled Hedonism(y) Trojaner. It brings the ancient legend – where Odysseus came up with the idea of a Trojan horse to help the Greeks get into the city of Troy – into the technological age.
The keys are stuck on the horse, with shades from ” ivory-white to yellow-nicotine”, the artist says.
He says the sculpture is a metaphor for something harmful masquerading as something appearing harmless or desirable, and points to our vulnerability in an electronic age.
Design website iGNANT says: “Recreated of hundreds of buttons, the essences of communication, Babis’s sculpture is pointing out an unpleasant truth. The internet itself, not only its viruses deserves the term ‘Trojan’. We are looking for information via internet, we share it and pass some on, voluntary or involuntary.
“We define ourselves by Facebook profiles, find our jobs online, buy teddy bears or google side effects of viagra. The internet as a medium, humans stuck with their hedonism.”
In Turkey, the “From Waste to Art” project was the driving force behind the creation of a 5.5m-high waste paper Trojan horse.
It is being billed as the world’s tallest statue made of recycled paper.
It was created by the Gerekeni Yapanlar Youth and Culture, whose spokesman Ömer Sükrü Tütüncü said the real message of the project was to “find solid solutions to arising environmental problems and for the new generation to embrace their environment”.
The project was made from paper that was collected from drop boxes outside high schools and the Sivas Cumhuriyet University.
Tütüncü said that during brainstorming for the project, the Trojan horse was “the only meaningful concept” that was raised, and had at its core the idea of Odysseus and the Turkish people’s passion for horses.
The statue was made in 20 days, and a total of 25 team members worked on its creation.
After being exhibited in Sivas City Square, it was moved to the Art Faculty of the Sivas Cumhuriyet University.