Presented at the Principality of Monaco, The Twin Bottles: Message in a Bottle, is an art installation featuring two large steel sculptures, bringing an important message.
The project The Twin Bottles: Message in a Bottle – sponsored by Fondazione Gabriele e Anna Braglia – is a result of the encounter between the international sculptor Helidon Xhixha and the young Swiss photographer Giacomo “Jack” Braglia.
United by the desire to launch an important message, condemning the pollution of the seas due to the discarded plastic bottles, the two artists decided to blend their artistic techniques – shaping steel and 3D photography – in designing a big environmental installation.
Two crushed bottles floating on the water’s surface like discarded waste; one modeled in stainless steel by the sculptor Helidon Xhixha and then mirror polished, the other draped with photographic images of plastic waste taken by the photographer Giacomo “Jack” Braglia.
After its presentation in Venice on 20th of July 2019, in Canal Grande in the water area in front of Ca’ Vendramin Calergi, where the artwork was on display until 1st of September 2019, the installation The Twin Bottles: Message in a Bottle has become a symbol of the fight against plastic waste polluting the seas.
The artwork has also been hosted in the prestigious garden of the Triennale Milano from 16th of October to 15th of December 2019, on the occasion of the presentation of the results of the 5th Osservatorio nazionale sullo stile di vita sostenibile (national Observatory on sustainable lifestyles).
The twin bottles are now docked in the port of Monaco, in the Mediterranean sea. Positioned in the water area of the Yacht Club de Monaco, the environmental installation was supposed to be the picture frame during the Monaco Ocean Week, but the annual event sponsored by the Principality of Monaco and dedicated to the conservation of the marine ecosystem was cancelled due to evolution of the Coronavirus – Covid19 epidemic.
The sculpture still remains a provocative project which condemns the current situation of environmental emergency, as a witness of the present world we live in.
(Monaco: the “Twin Bottles” by Xhixha and Braglia, an environmental art project – Barchemagazine.com – March 2020)