NEVERCREW is a swiss based artists duo composed of Christian Rebecchi and Pablo Togni since 1996. Their work focuses on the relationship between mankind and nature and the relationship between mankind and the system, in particular on the effects of human attitudes on the environment, on social injustices and the relationship between the concept and the forms of “systems” and an essential, natural, human and animal truth.
Their 30m high mural on the historic agricultural mill in Estavayer-le-lac, Switzerland, for Artichoke Festival is titled “SIGN”. Nevercrew draw their inspiration from how the mill works, the artists decided to work with animals from different ecosystems, depicting them stacked on top of each other in the way wheat accumulated in the mill before its transformation.
“Taking inspiration by the original function of the building, that used to be an agricultural mill, by its function and its use, by the accumulation of raw material to be ground and by the entire process of gathering and sharing and the concatenation related to it, we decided to work on the idea of reduction. Similar to a gestural movement, a selection, a portion, a window. Something that have to be seen and that’s also partially hidden. The localized experience of something bigger, that participate in an overall balance and at the same time is rationed. A human interpretation, a simplification and, again, a reduction. A relation that’s strongly conditioned by a partial perception, a partial empathy and a partial participation, while at the same time this same relation is the demonstration of an overall balance shared by everyone and in which everyone lives.” Nevercrew
The mural stands tall and includes animals such as a bear, wolf, deer, rabbit, elephant and giraffe. The animals are only visible through a part of the whole image. The peripheral of the mural is left to just the simplified outline of the animals, symbolising the reduction that humans are doing.
Photo credit Nevercrew