Life Line - Survival Kit

Studio Orta - 0231.03.jpg

Date: 2008
Ref: 0231.03
Materials: Steel frame, 2 taps, piping, various textiles, silkscreen print, webbing, gourds, floats, hermetic container, whistle
Dimensions: 150 x 80 x 15cm
Exhibition history: 2012 Tufts University Gallery, USA; 2008 Hangar Biccoca Milan Italy; Galleria Continua Le Moulin, France
Courtesy: Lucy + Jorge Orta

Lucy + Jorge Orta created the series “Life Line” on their return from their Antarctic expedition in 2007. The life jackets are made by the artists based on existing models used for rescue missions. They are silkscreen printed and suspended within frames, often with objects attached. The title and the symbolic nature of the objects refer to both physical or material survival and more symbolically to the spiritual needs of man, such as affection and solidarity – as gestures of comfort that can be extended out to people.