The Twin Bottles docked in Monaco
Two giant-steel sculptures The Twin Bottles: Message in a Bottle, by artists Helidon Xhixha and Giacomo “Jack” Braglia, are docked in the Mediterranean Sea just outside the Yacht Club of Monaco, a project sponsored by Fondazione Gabriele & Anna Braglia. The installation will be the perfect framework during the Monaco Ocean Week, March 22-27, 2020, sponsored by the Principality, a week dedicated to the conservation of the marine ecosystem and to the sustainable development of the “blue” economy.
The Twin Bottles: Message in a Bottle, is a site-specific environmental installation specially designed to remain in water. It is meant to be on tour due to its ability to adapt continuously to any environment, generating on each occasion a new work of art, renewing its symbolic meaning. It was first installed in the waters of the Canal Grande in Venice, right in front of Ca’ Vendramin Calegi, on July 20, 2019 where they remained until September 1, 2019. The sculptures were later hosted in the prestigious garden of the Milan Triennial from October 16 through December 15, 2019, on the occasion of the presentation of the results of the 5th National Observatory on Sustainable Lifestyle, organized by LifeGate.
The installation 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 send a strong message condemning the pollution of the seas due to discarded plastic bottles, a true environmental emergency. The two artists blended their artistic techniques – shaping steel and 3D photography – by designing two giant crushed bottles which float on the water’s surface and seem 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.
“Plastic disposal not only pollutes the land but the water and the air, the three primary elements for any living being on the earth.” Sir P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar