Return Of The King Of The Bottletops
A pair of huge Staffordshire Dogs appeared in Rough Trade East in the Old Truman Brewery yesterday to the amazement of those browsing for new music. Fashioned by Brazilian artist and Spitalfields resident, Robson Cezar, from almost seven thousand bottletops, they are harbingers of the imminent arrival of my new London Album.
After collecting, sorting and glueing so many bottletops in place, no wonder Robson threw his hat in the air as a gesture of triumph when his magnificent gleaming picture was finally installed. If you have enjoyed a drink in The Golden Heart in Commercial St or The Carpenters Arms in Cheshire St recently – then, unwittingly, you may have contributed to the creation of these fearsome beasts.
Yet these dogs are just part of a menagerie of creatures created by Robson Cezar this year, seemingly given animate life by the shimmering light and moving reflections which are a quality of his unique artistic medium, conjuring sophisticated effects of colour and tone using waste materials that no-one else values.
Robson Cezar with his Squirrel Monkey fashioned out of seven thousand bottletops.
A Vida Continua – Life Goes On
Staffordshire dogs at Rough Trade East
Photographs copyright © Sarah Ainslie
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