Ep.131 Yan Skates - Ministry of Arts Podcast

In this episode Gary Mansfield speaks to Yan Skates (@YanSkates)   KCAW and the King’s Road Curve present a new floral sculpture installation, in memory of Advisory Board member Sarah Farrugia.   Created by artist and florist Yan Skates, the artwork features a 2metre tall dog, made from discarded materials and living plants. This work is based on the lessons learnt by Skates whilst taking part in Netflix’s The Big Flower Fight, where they were asked to create large scale animals and creatures out of waste and plants.   The work urges us to reimagine the way we live today. Using discarded materials such as water bottles, alongside living plants, the sculpture is a reminder of the urgent issues of pollution and waste, and invites us to think of our own impact on the environment.   The dog, man’s best friend, is a symbol of companionship, but also a fun, recognisable figure that we can all recognise and relate to. It invites us to get close and investigate the work, its unusual materials sparking conversation.       * Kensington + Chelsea Art Festival is expanding throughout the summer season with a festival that elevates the magic and shared experiences of public art and live performance. Until 31 August, K+C Festival will bring people together to celebrate, inspire, and be inspired - For more information go to https://www.kcaw.co.uk     For more information on the work of Yan Skates go to https://www.yanskates.com/   To Support this podcast from as little as £3 per month: www.patreon/ministryofarts   For full line up of confirmed artists go to https://www.ministryofarts.org Email: ministryofartsorg@gmail.com Social Media: @ministryofartsorg