Sculptor creates giant 'recycled' boots

Anthony Heywood created Boots in Lisbon

A giant pair of boots made by a lecturer from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) is leaving a firm footprint with the people of Portugal.

Anthony Heywood, Head of Sculpture at UCA Canterbury, has just returned from Lisbon where he created the colourful sculpture from 2,000 items of old footwear for the city's festival of culture.

The 5m long and 3m high boots were installed at Martim Moniz Square in Lisbon during October and November as the centrepiece of the Take a Walk project which aims to encourage visitors to explore the city on foot.

The unique 'recycled' installation will move to Porto's Museum of Modern Art on 25 January where it will be on display until April 2013.

Anthony Heywood said: "It was a real pleasure to be invited to Lisbon to take part in the project and I'm really pleased with how the boots have turned out.

Anthony with the students from the University of Lisbon who helped make the boots "It took me and four students from the University of Lisbon a fortnight to build and cast the large moulds with the donated shoes and boots.

Anthony casting the boots "It was important to me that, while being concerned about the environment and raising awareness of sustainably in my work, the community who would be directly engaged with the work also took ownership of works, by engaging directly in the planning and delivery of the boots."

The BA (Hons) Fine Art lecturer was commissioned by footwear brand CAT, alongside the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Lisbon, Market Fusion and sustainability officers from Lisbon City Council.

Anthony said: "The project was a year in planning and several weeks in execution and delivery.

"I took the theme of shoes as the universal, or one of the most ubiquitous of items that every person has in their possession, which developed a strong narrative as the shoes were collected from local people and each one represents an individual member of its own community."

People interacting with the boots "I also had in mind the iconic image of Van Gogh's painting of his boots, which for me carries many universal associations about the different levels of society."

As part of his artistic residency at the University of Lisbon, Anthony spoke at a conference about intervention in public space.

The boots are made from nearly 2,000 items of used footwear Anthony is famous worldwide for his large-scale public works. He draws on art history, contemporary culture and politics.

During the summer he worked on a 'Peace Sculpture' in Sweden were he fused a Russian fighter jet with a British Rolls-Royce engine.

In 2010, more than half a million people at Bondi Beach in Australia saw the elephant he made from recycled household items.

For more information contact:

David Reilly, Press Officer, UCA
T: 01252 892939

Twitter: @UCA_creative

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