Echoing the Paris Conference on Climate Change COP21, the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature is hosting a work that challenges the public.
Installed in the open air, a series of monumental wood stoves, regularly supplied with the help of logs stored nearby, seems to want to warm the atmosphere of the courtyard of the hotel de Mongelas. A derisory and paradoxical gesture: it is less an allusion to the recent controversies caused by the use of wood fires in Paris than a desire to emphasize the inconsistency of our management of the environment. In general, don't we favor the satisfaction of immediate interests to the detriment of the sustainability of our natural habitat?
There is an urgent need to intervene. In the effort to change our habits and promote the transition to low-carbon economic models, art can prove to be an effective instrument.
Sterling Ruby frequently denounces the failings of a society engaged in frantic consumption and reckless waste. Autobiographical reminiscences are mixed here with this theme. Indeed, the works are inspired by familiar objects: the stoves ubiquitous in his childhood where they were used both to heat homes and to eliminate wood waste in areas of forestry work. Sterling Ruby transposes these industrial models in his bronze or steel sculptures to which he wants to keep a functionality: the work of art can also be used for heating by using wood which is a source of renewable energy.
Sterling Ruby was born in 1972. He lives and works in Los Angeles.
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