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It is a conceptual art installation by West Michigan artist Eric Picardo. Inspired by the brave immigrants from Haiti and Cuba who have taken to the seas in “balsas” (rafts) in pursuit of a different life, the combination of elements in this piece are intended to elevate and magnify the social and political significance behind each symbol. Each piece of the installation: the papier mache raft, along with shoes, sandals, cans of unopened food, air pumps, and handmade Santeria figures represent a sacred detail in the uncertain, yet hope fueled journey of these immigrants. The artist embraces rejecting standard ideas of art, presenting this installation to challenge the viewer’s consideration of the very definition of “art.”

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 6 inches
  • Medium: Mixed media - Mosaic tiles
  • Width: 14 feet
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 7 feet