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Cockpit Arts Award winner Arturo Soto shows new collection at Top Drawer 2019

Arturo won the Cockpit Arts turners award 2019 and immediately started work on his new collection. This new collection was shown at Olympia London at the Top Drawer Exhibition 2019. In his new collection, he tries to communicate his environmental concerns through his beautiful botanical sculptures.

Event Horizon CollectionForest Temples, are sculptures that look like science-fiction, made entirely of waste and sustainable materials.



In collaboration with Tranquil Plants, Memories of Green created the ultimate sculpture to revere earth. By fusing the violent forces of wood sculpting and the colliding of materials with the tranquility and simplicity of nature. Memories of Green will design a new universe solely focused on worshiping nature as living sculptures, as they should be, sacred monoliths of hope and inspiration.” Arturo Soto

Every aspect of these pieces is made with waste.

The unpredictable and beautiful pattern of the Dark Walnut resembles a planet that is being swallowed by a powerful gravitational force in its centre. The plywood symbolizes the massive gravitational singularity and it beautifully portrays the Event Horizon as the distinction of both materials.

Arturo’s believes his pieces would work well as a centerpiece or even on a side table. The ‘living temples’ detach from the wooden sculptures below so they can be watered and sprayed and then easily placed back in the chalice.

Arturo’s pieces grabbed the attention of the exhibition visitors. The exhibition went on for 3 days and the idea of revering plants and sustainability was well received. Assistant Christopher Scott from The Worshipful Company of Turners visited the exhibition to see the unveiling of Arturo’s new exhibition, after only a couple of months working from his new Cockpit Arts space.

I strongly believe that is the job of our generation and younger generations to find ways to communicate that recycling, up-cycling and using waste as a material does not have to look like second-grade products. It is our challenge as designers to prevent this from happening and elevate waste materials.” Arturo Soto


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Previous winners of the Cockpit Arts & Turners’ Company Award include Eleanor Lakelin and Frank Boggis Rolfe (2011), Chloe Robertson (2012), Matthew Corbishley (2014) and Darren Appiagyei (2017). Read more about Darren’s story as a Cockpit Arts & Turners’ Company Award winner.


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