In 2012, Sawaya and West released their first critically acclaimed project "IN PIECES" a collaboration of Sawaya's LEGO brick sculptures into West's hyper-realistic photography. Since 2012, the project has been exhibited in over 14 countries in galleries and museums that include The Columbus Museum of Art (2012), Faneuil Hall Museum of Boston (2015), the Paris Expo Porte De Versailles (2015), Puls 5 Gallery in Zürich, and the Discovery Time Square Museum in New York City (2014) to name a few. Collecting awards along the way, the project was also added to some of the most prestigious collections of contemporary art, including that of Sir Elton John.
In their new collaboration, "PERNiCiEM" which is Latin for extinction, the two artist's turn their eye towards the environment and some of its most endangered species. Covering five main habitats; oceans, forests, deserts, grasslands and the arctic, the idea is simple- that if we do not collectively act to conserve our planet and its species, then we're left with having to create an artificial reality. Sawaya's sculptures are built, photographered and rendered into West's photography, emulating a form of augmented reality that references the increasing digitalization of our world. The pixelated effect forces the viewer to consider the past, present and future of our landscape.
The effects of climate change, declining sea ice, deforestation, polluted waterways and the illegal wildlife trade, have decimated the numbers of species across the globe pushing many to the brink of extinction. This collaboration forces the viewer to consider their own relationship, with a fast changing world.
A percentage of the proceeds will go to NGOs that are on the ground protecting and preserving the beauty and splendour of our world.
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