Mauro Perucchetti’s ‘Jelly Baby Family’ Sculpture
Mauro Perucchetti’s monumental Jelly Baby Family sculpture, standing up to three metres high, was installed at Marble Arch, City of West Hollywood and Plaza Singapura, Singapore.
One of Mauro Perucchetti's key symbols is the Jelly Baby – a little sweet in rudimentary human form, which for him symbolizes the disposability that permeates all aspects of the contemporary consumer society. He uses it to mock the aspirations that this society claims that it has, but which it so often cynically betrays.
A series of work incorporating jelly babies is the Jelly Baby Family; this work is a celebration of the traditional family unit. With cartoon-like playfulness Perucchetti uses scale, colour and form to suggest the identity of each figure and its relationship within the group, ranging from the father at four metres high to the youngest child at almost one and a half metres high.
The colourful sculpture is made up of seven family members weighing a total of 3.2 tonnes: Father: 3 metres high, fibreglass, metallic blue finish Mother: 2.6 metres high, fibreglass, metallic pink finish Teenager: 1.9 metres high, pigmented urethane resin (red) Teenager: 1.7 metres high, pigmented urethane resin (purple) Child: 1.2 metres high, pigmented urethane resin (yellow) Twins: 90cm high, pigmented urethane resin (lime green) 90cm high, pigmented urethane resin (orange)
Mauro Perucchetti, the artist said: “12 years ago I created a body of work inspired by the dilemma between cloning and religion, and cloning and medical ethics. I decided to use the jelly baby as an impersonation of cloned mankind. I was trying to capture the ambiguity that could be present in a cloned being. On first glance, they seem very sweet, but from certain angles, they can look slightly sinister, especially on a large scale.
In the version, ‘Jelly Baby Family 2010’, they could easily embody the unity of family and the multicultural aspect of modern society that is so prevalent, especially in London. I am absolutely privileged and delighted that they will go in such a prominent position, and being opposite Speaker’s Corner gives them a particularly symbolic value.”
Other Mauro Perucchetti sculptures in marble include Michelangelo 2020 A Tribute to Women, Batman and Superman, Modern Heroes, Home Alone, The Role Model, The Thinker, Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't, The Word Of God The Sin Of Man, 16th of October 1968 A Date I Still Remember, and Engraved Marble Dollar.
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