Artist uses bullets, cartridges in his art to pave the way to symbolically stop the coronavirus

  • Filipino sculptor Federico “Pete” Jimenez wants to symbolically show the importance of winning over the spread of coronavirus in his art
  • Using bullets and cartridges, Jimenez is creating hundreds of rambutan-sized artworks to wage war against COVID-19
  • Jimenez wants his art to create a strong repulsion from the viewers to end the spread of the virus

While frontliners are risking their lives to lessen the impact of the COVID-19 and, hopefully, to  flatten the curve in the country, the public is doing their part by staying home, practicing social distancing, and following certain regulations.

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As experts around the world work hard at finding cures and vaccines for the coronavirus, artists, such as Pete Jimenez, want to use their artworks as a weapon to symbolize the importance of eradicating the virus.

Featured in the ANC website, Filipino sculptor Federico “Pete” Jimenez is working on an installation that symbolizes the capability of the coronavirus and put a strong repulsion from the viewers.

“It is my way of telling people, ‘Hey, the virus is around us, like a roaring lion waiting to devour. We should act aggressively,’” said Jimenez.

The artist has been creating nature-inspired works from 2006 to 2017, and during this COVID-19 pandemic, he wants to show the physical traits of the virus itself — spikes and protrusions.

Image from www. petejimenez.com

“Instead of steel and other industrial waste that I have been using in artworks since 2000, I have chosen bullets and cartridges for artworks to wage war against the corona virus,” the artist shared while adding his desire to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

The materials that he used are from the Armscor firing range in Marikina where he practices his pistol shooting. His materials  include ¼ to ¾ inch lead bullet heads and ¼ to ½ inch copper and brass cartridges.

Image from Art Fair Philippines via Facebook

Explaining his installation, Jimenez said that he will be creating hundreds of rambutan-sized artworks and install them on a wall, from floor to ceiling. Each rambutan-sized piece has 25 bullet heads and cartridges in it as protrusions and spikes. It will be placed randomly on five panels of plywood measuring over 20 feet.

Since galleries have not yet re-opened, Jimenez will mount this artwork in his studio in Fern Village, Quezon City.


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