Happy Fried Chicken Sculpture

Nikos Mantziaris


Sculpture, Metal on Iron

Size: 93.7 W x 72 H x 7.9 D in

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About The Artwork

Explanation: This piece is made to exhibit the cruelty of meat industry, and the way meat industry is presenting animals as happy and ready to sacrifice their life to offer us milk, eggs, meat , fur etc. Aims to show the real face of animal slaughtering and the violence hidden behind the steaks we eat. It is made from silicone chicken dressed with synthetic plastic hair and fake blood. The supporting structure is a metal sculpture of chicken legs. Few words: This project was inspired by the way meat industry is treating animals, and how they are presenting their victims as happy and ready to sacrifice their life to keep our stomachs satisfied. Happy pigs and cows, happy sheep and chicken everywhere around us. We breathe, they breathe too. We walk, they walk too. We have brain, they have too. We have heart, they have too. We have feelings, they have too. We live, they die, for us. Technical specifications: Title: Happy fried chicken. Dimensions: 238cm x 103cm x 19,5cm and dimensions of metal supporting base: 240cm x 100cm x 60cm. Weight:104 kg plus 48 kg the metal base sculpture. 152 kg in total. Year of creation: 2017 Main materials that constitute this piece: pine wood, iron, crystal glass, Plexiglas, rubber, synthetic polyester and acrylic paints. The title labels on the artwork and the corresponding certification box are lead casted and embedded in liquid glass. The frame is made from Swiss pine and crystal glass protection. The handle of certification box is made from dental alloy casting and a real human wisdom tooth (extracted for orthodontic reasons and autoclave sterilized after) All other teeth structures on certification box are made from artificial teeth on dental alloy castings Custom handmade leather and cork cases for authentication documents The signature label on the artwork is a lead inlay in wood and the one on the certification box is a dental amalgam inlay in wood Certification documents are printed out in Hahnemühle fine art paper 100% cotton 310gsm and wax sealed. Dimensions and weight of certification box: 48cm x 51cm x 9cm and 7,5kg

Details & Dimensions

Multi-paneled Sculpture:Metal on Iron

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:93.7 W x 72 H x 7.9 D in

Number of Pieces:2

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ARTIST STATEMENT: When I begin a new work of art, I am at peace. My ideas are not so much premeditated but rather led within each moment. I will think on a subject that is important to me for some time but it is within the moment of creation that the idea truly unfolds into something bigger. As a commentary on critical social issues, my work is intended to invoke conversation and a deeper exploration of their very existence and their ongoing effects on the world around us. These topics may include mental health, warfare, food & health, immigration, drug addiction or environmental destruction. I may also reflect on topics such as love, music and the struggles of life and transitions. My work examines the intricate details of each issue and the cyclical, hypocritical nature of our society at large. Each piece is very specific and has an expanded meaning and a deeper message. Every detail you see adds to that overall message. My belief is that you can like something that looks beautiful but you can only love something that means something deeper to you and emotionally touches you. It is at this moment when the artist and the viewer can walk through the same thought patterns. When I am deciding on a piece and the materials to use, it is serendipitous and is connected only to the moment of creation. I believe that each technique and each material has a right place and a right time and each one becomes the bridge that allows me to express my thoughts in a unique and creative way.

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