From the Book: Federico Uribe
In 2007, the Chelsea Art Museum in New York was home to Federico Uribe's 'Human Nature' exhibition. The rainforest installation consisted of animal, insect, plant and landscape sculptures produced soley from Puma shoes. 'When I started working with shoes I could not avoid thinking where they came from and all the materials from nature that we use to comfort our life. So as a tribute to what nature gives us all, I got the idea of reconstructing nature from its own materials.'
This creative collaboration between Uribe and Puma formed as a result of Uribe's interest in working with everyday objects. From his early work in painting, Columbian-born Uribe evolved into a sculptor using found objects like babies' bottle teats, coins and screws, along with industrial cleaning products and things gathered in street markets.
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