“Piska” – metallic turtle sculpture creation

Video tutorial shows the process of “Piska” creation. “Piska” –  is a metal sculpture of a turtle, measuring 2.80×3.60 metres, weighting 450-500kg, that was created and installed by a young sculptor artist with a help of local volunteers. Sculpture was placed on the beach of Agios Ioannis at the Blue Flag with the following objectives of this creation:

1– to sensitize the local citizens and visitors to take care of the turtles that visit the beach to lay their eggs during the fertilization period.

2–  to use the sculpture as a waste bin for recyclable waste and keep the beach of Agios Ioannis clean.

3 – to raise awareness of the citizens, especially children and young people, to preserve eco-diversity through artistic structures.

With this video tutorial we wanted to inspire people to take similar action in their communities. Durability of this initiative is approximately 6 years and Solidarity Tracks will take care of the maintenance of the sculpture.

Creative aspect of this event is that with a simple modification, the sculpture could be transformed to be used as trash can of recycling objects, or arts/artworks can be added and secured on the sculpture as a carapace (shell of a turtle).

Showing the process through video is much safer and easier, when it comes to this type of artwork. As well it can reach broader audience than in real time, for example, the work was done mainly by one artist, because of the spatial restrictions and safety issues (not safe to be around welding machine without safety shield). Next time, the video tutorial could be made in more informative way, for example, with artist explaining everything in detail, showing how to use welding machine.

Video tutorial is only one part of this initiative, a digital storybook for children telling the story of a turtle has been created and will be published in 3 languages on our webpage www.tamonopatia.org.

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