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The sea is precious
Habitable scenographic installation
Guido Bonacci’s installation of the seabed was born from an idea, and a need, to re-use plastics and other recycled materials. The work is composed of strips of blue and turquoise plastic bottles. And thanks to special lighting and other devices, this creates the effect of glimmering seawater. Also featured are dry branches of tree from the forest that are decorated with gilding, ultramarine color and painted as corals. The scene forms a rich and bright backdrop to ornamental sea creatures made from various materials and toys covered with gold leaf, imitation pearls, crystals, rhinestones, special fabrics, etc.
The installation also includes the semblance of sea anemones, which are created by the use of feathers blown by a fan. It employs silver paper to design hookworms, fish, crabs, stony corals and sea cucumbers – all appearing as rich as precious brooches.
Low-voltage motors, such as those used to move the figurines in an animated Christmas manger scene, are used to create an effect that everything is alive and moving. And a sound installation reproduces the tones of the deep sea, why lying on the ocean floor is a sunken treasure, emblematic of human vanity… sunk and lost.
The sea is precious and we are squandering it. So one of the aims of the installation is to heighten awareness of present-day issues such as the alarming increase of maritime pollution and to convey this through a form of art that can be lived and experienced. Anyone can immerse him or herself in this display, as in a real sea, and contribute to spreading the message by photographs… or by dressing up as mermaids and kings of the sea!
Guido Bonacci was born in Rome in 1964. He studied archeology at the University of Rome, “La Sapienza”. He has spent many years designing and producing home furnishings, various accessories and creative nick-nicks, as well as arranging exhibits and theater sets. He has produced original costumes for theme parties and the stage. And he as created, directed and performed in a number of theatre productions on the Island of Elba, including Quelli sue le giorni and Crescendo, in collaboration with the Michele Cavaliere Association for Leukemia Research