In 2019, the neighborhoods of Pinheiros and Butantã were occupied by 15 sculptures created by the artist that depicted a dumpcart – an object utilized to discard the increasing quantity of waste found in public spaces.
The sculptures had the original shape and size of a waste dumpcart; however, they were hollow and made uniquely of metal strings contouring them, to rouse a reflection about the excess of trash generated by society. Currently, 20 thousand tons of waste are generated every day in the metropolis, and there are thousands of irregular collection points where people discard just about anything.
“This intervention promoted a new visual meaning for an everyday object that is used to discarding trash, but that trash does not just disappear, it only changes place.” Also, according to Srur: “They are conceptual dumpcarts that also make us reflect about the need of discarding our own mental waste. Those useless ideas and thoughts thriving in society and in our own minds”.
During the exhibition, the sculptures were periodically moved and installed in other urban sites. Actually, they were gradually migrating towards the city’s outskirts. “There is no magic in what we do with the trash we generate. The displacement of the sculptures symbolized such a perverse disappearance of the waste into distant and underprivileged places in our society”, he concluded.
During the exhibition, the artist produced a photo essay in the locations where the dumpcarts had been installed, depicting some dramatic sites in the metropolis where debris and irregular disposal dominate the urban landscape.
Srur also took part in art show “Ambiental: Arte e Movimentos” (“Environmental: Art and Movements”) at MuBE – Brazilian Museum of Sculpture and Ecology. This exhibition’s purpose was to reaffirm the museum’s vocation of defending the environment. The artist presented a video produced in 2016 with a Dumpcart inside CEAGESP, the main food distribution center in Sao Paulo, a place where tons of foodstuffs are discarded every day. During that documented performance, the artist threw food inside the sculpture, which was then removed on a truck.
Metal and automotive paint
250 x 165 x 120 cm