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The Work of Sebastian Errazuriz
Sebastian Errazuriz, a Chilean born, New York based artist and designer builds large scale avant-garde public art installations meant to shake us out of our daily doldrums. They are sharp social commentary without a beating you over the head. The truth is, there is no need to. The size, scope and self awareness of the works have a simplicity and pretention that makes them both self aware and sublime in their success.
He’s had art installation projects like MEMORIAL OF A CONCENTRATION CAMP, a public art project with a 30 foot living magnolia planted on the spot where, some 30 years ago, dictator Pinochet tortured political prisoners, in the middle of Chile’s National Stadium. Then there was THE DAY COWS FLY, an installation atop a 10 story building with a cow saved from a slaughterhouse then given a home on a recreated farm. This is just to name a few of his bizarre, but socially conscious, works.
But Errazuriz isn’t just social commentary. He also does fashion. That is what I’ve chosen for today’s post. These 2 items, ZIPPER DRESS and BUCKLE BELT are what I chose from his vast collection of avant-guard work. “Zipper Dress” is made of 120 zippers that are all functional, meaning they can be opened and closed, allowing the wearer to customize the dress in seemingly endless ways. It can go from respectable knee-length halter dress to daring two-piece tube-top-and-miniskirt in a flash.
The other piece, Errazuriz’s ”Buckle Belt.” is simple with a sense of humor and a little attitude. It’is something I’d be happy to wear, if I had hundreds of dollars it likely costs. Which I don’t. But it doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate it.
So there you go. My first official “fashion art” post. Yeah, I never thought I’d do one either. Life is funny like that.