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ArtThis sculpture of drowning girl hints at a dark future

This sculpture of drowning girl hints at a dark future

Published: 3rd Oct 2021 2:50 pm

Hyderabad: Imagine walking past a river and suddenly spotting a face of a girl drowning in the water. Yes, that is exactly how the onlookers of Spain’s Bilbao Nervion River felt when they spotted a fiberglass sculpture of a young girl placed on the surface of the river. The face is seen drowning as the water rises, covering her mouth, nose and eyes.

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Created by Mexican hyperrealist artist Ruben Orozco Loza, the sculpture is titled “Bihar”, meaning “Tomorrow” in Basque, the language spoken in the region.

As reported by ‘Insider’, Loza described the piece as a reflection on the decisions we make for future generations more broadly. The latest report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found that from 1901 to 2018, the world’s seas rose by half a foot on average, and the annual rate of sea-level rise nearly tripled.

“Bihar: Choosing Tomorrow” is an exercise in pausing, looking at what’s changing, and above all, a future reflection of what can happen if we continue to bet on unsustainable models,” Loza told ‘Insider’ in Spanish.

“I hope that this piece helps people reflect and see how, like the sculpture, we can get to a point where we are no longer afloat,” he added.

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