‘Santuario’, meaning “sanctuary” in Spanish, is a 6.5-foot large-scale nest, holding a reflective dome shape inside. This work by Oliviana Cinco weaves together themes of nesting, shelter and self-reflection as it mirrors its surrounding environment back onto the surface. The concept for this installation is deeply rooted in the idea of home as a place of comfort, refuge, and belonging. The reflective dome mimics a large egg-like shape, physically and metaphorically reflecting the viewer and the environment in which the artwork is situated.
This 2-metre-wide nest is constructed by hand using organic and recycled materials, drawing inspiration from both human and avian nesting practices. The materials used reflect the idea of sustainability and underscore the interconnectedness of all living beings in the intricate web of life. This work aims to engage viewers on multiple levels, delving into the connection between seeking refuge within oneself and the coexistence of both natural and constructed environments.
Oliviana will speak about ‘Santuario’ as part of the event ‘DesignTO Tours: Space & Sanctuary’ on Sunday, January 28. Click here to learn more and RSVP.