Street art naturalist, educator, and land artist Gola Hundun is setting new goals for himself and evolving yet again, this time examining out roots. His one month residency in Kufa in Esch (Luxembourg ) resulted in many large iron and wicker roots poking up through the ground, pushing back into the skin of the city.
The installation group, “is part of my research path called ‘Habitat’,” he explains, “a project that started with the abandoned buildings that were being recolonized by the rest of nature. Now I am approaching living cities, with nature taking back some of their space.”
Working 11 hour days with 4 assistants, Hundun created new sculptures to organically weave themselves into the city and into this cultural centre called Kulturfabrik Esch-sur-Alzette (KuFa), located in a former slaughterhouse in the city of Esch-sur-Alzette in Luxembourg. Their own version of a street art festival encourages artists to think outside the established perimeters of publicly created artworks when necessary, utilizing the program and their work as a platform for sustainable development. The energizing Hudun is the perfect foil of such a challenge.
“Inside each root, there is a plant pot in which ivy plants will grow on the wicker structure,” he tells us, “and through time they will symbolize the flag of our ideal.”
The installations are around town, hopefully opening minds and stimulating conversation – each a group of sculptures to be installed in the train station of Esch sur Alzette.
To avoid any misunderstanding of his intended meaning, Gola Hundun has created a long title for the program: “Economic power must redefine its parasitic position about the world. We need to become a choral system of small self-sufficient centers that collaborate as the roots of a tree contribute to shape a trunk. Respect for other forms of life! Superior Love or extinction now!”
The artist would like to thank @ciglesch, the partner in production and logistic with Kufa and @villeesch, CFL – “and all the magical lovely people that made it possible”.