COVA devastates Caldas with a ball full of garbage
After participating in the Landart Lapinjarvi Festival in Finland 2018, this year the artistic collective COVA, selected with its piece “Corriente“, has taken part in the public art festival Kaldarte, which took place from the 8-12 of July in Caldas de Reis, SPAIN.
“Corriente” is one of the 7 projects presented in Caldas de Reis, Spain, last Friday 12th. These works have been developed in situ during 5 days working in this artistic laboratory “hand in hand” with the rest of the selected artists.
The engine of Kaldarte is Juanjo Fuentes Alegría, XXII editions of the festival support it, being Kaldarte a festival of reference in Spain of ephemeral public art.
Cova collective presents this time a work denouncing, making visible a problem generated by the current system of consumption that forgets the ecosystem generating a problem on a large scale. “Corriente” is an irreverent, annoying and unsightly piece. A ball of 2 meters in diameter, made of steel and mesh, that has traveled the streets of Caldas, housing inside all the garbage found.
Cova developed different parallel actions, such as crossing the river to clean and establish a dialogue with the inhabitants of Caldas so that they learn about the local problem related to waste or distributing information leaflets about other forms of consumption, thus promoting our immediate responsibility when it comes to consume and recycle.
“Corriente” is about the everyday, the common, and how we have become accustomed to throwing or seeing waste in any corner. Through this piece COVA also refers to the citizen movement, that inertia with which we move and continue with the established, the current, being able to take another direction towards more ecological and responsible places. It is time to relearn, generate awareness and action to stop, reinvent ourselves from the personal, local to the universal.
Cova are Aida Alonso, Antía Sánchez, Lucía Romaní, Neru Herreros and Silvia Sánchez.
Cova was born in 2017 by the confluence of common interests of action around art and nature, landart and performance shared, having studied some years ago at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Pontevedra, SPAIN.