Earth Day 2021

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Earth Day 2021


Isaac Cordal


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Spanish artist Isaac Cordel's Cement Eclipses installations have appeared in urban settings around the world since the mid-2000s. As explained by art historian Peter Bengsten (2018), Cordel strategically places "small sculptures of human beings – often balding, briefcase-carrying, white men in suits – that are either painted in drab colours or are left in the grey tones of the raw material they are made from" so that passersby will happen upon them. As in this example, these miniature figures are sometimes juxtaposed alongside natural elements in the otherwise built setting, typically in poignant ways that highlight the contrast and conflict between industrialized living and non-human nature. Bengstrom (2018) explains, “Given the attire of the sculptures, which brings to mind that of archetypical bureaucrats, businessmen or politicians, Cordal’s installations can be interpreted as critical comments on the unsustainable, growth-based capitalist society which currently dominates the world economy. The artist’s work can be seen as a call for people to re-assess their anthropocentric values…” (p. 128).


Sourced from the artist's April 22, 2021 (Earth Day) Instagram post.


Posted on Instagram 2021-04-22


Created and posted on Instagram by Isaac Cordal (@isaaccordal).


Nature in the urban landscape


Learn more about the artist, his work, and press coverage of the Cement Eclipses series at

See also: Bengtsen, Peter. "Street Art and the Nature of the City." Bild och Natur. Tio Konstvetenskapliga Betraktelser. Edited by Peter Bengtsen, Max Liljefors, and Moa Petersén, Lund Studies in Arts and Cultural Sciences, 2018, 125-138.


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