Twist Jewelry, Pacific Place, Pine Street, Seattle, USA
At 8ft tall, this is one imposing penguin. He is made entirely from discarded scraps of metal held together by nails and screws. In the wild, penguins depend on sea ice to survive. But sea ice has been disappearing rapidly in recent decades due to global warming. The penguin has become endangered. Perhaps that’s the point Philedelphia-based artist Leo Sewell is making with his giant, industrial-looking bird. He is made up of the very things that threaten his existence, the waste and detritus man discards. But once the penguin is gone, it’s gone. There’s no science, technology or art that can bring the penguin back. Fossils show the earliest known ancestor of the penguin to have been alive some 60 million years ago. They survived the extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs. So for them to vanish as the result of actions taken, or not taken, by mankind, would be a great shame.