Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada,Terrestrial Artist, Creates Gigantic Face to Defend Women’s Rights in Holland




Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada is world renowned for his terrestrial artworks. Recently collaborated with Mama Cash (a feminist foundation based in the Netherlands) to create a giantic portrait of a female face in Zeeburgereiland, Amsterdam.

“Using fertile soil to create this piece becomes a metaphor for what can come forth if the vision of these women is respected and allowed to bring about change.”

The area itself is slightly larger than two football fields, such was the magnitifue of the work, Jorge enlisted the help of 80 volunteers to help him build and arrange the face. In doing so they powered through 7 metric tons of straw, a staggering 5 miles of rope, over 1,000 wooden poples and 5,300 cubic feet of soil to transform Jorge‘s vision into reality.

This is the text accompanying the YouTube video.

TERRESTRIAL SERIES / Amsterdam / Mama Cash.
Urban Land Art by Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada for the VOGELVRIJE VROUWEN – Defend women who defend human rights! campaign.

Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada was invited to Amsterdam to create a huge land portrait spanning almost two football fields. On December 10Th 2012, International Human Rights Day, the gaze of an anonymous Mesoamerican woman human rights activist was completed to launch the campaign Vogelvrije Vrouwen – Defend women who defend human rights! This Campaign raises awareness to the plight of Mesoamerican women who are illegally targeted and terrorized for defending human rights in that region. It was commissioned by feminist foundation Mama Cash and created in one week with the help of 80 volunteers.

“I chose to use fertile soil to create this piece as a metaphor for what can come forth from the vision of these women if it is respected and allowed to bring about change.” Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada

Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada fue invitado a Amsterdam para crear un enorme retrato de tierra que ocupó el tamaño de casi dos campos de fútbol. El 10 de Diciembre del 2012, en el Día Internacional de los Derechos Humanos, la mirada anónima de una activista por los derechos humanos mesoamericana , fue completada para lanzar la campaña Vogelvrije Vrouwen – Defiende a las mujeres que defienden los derechos humanos! Ésta campaña concientiza sobre la lucha de las mujeres mesoamericanas que llegan a ser perseguidas y aterrorizadas por defender los derechos humanos en la región. El proyecto fue una comisión del la fundación feminista Mama Cash y se creó en una semana con la ayuda de 80 personas voluntarias.

“Elegí usar tierra fértil para crear esta pieza como metáfora de lo que puede surgir de la visión de éstas mujeres si la misma es respetada y se le permite la posibilidad de generar cambios.” Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada

~ by artpoped on May 12, 2013.

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