Photographer Wim Tellier Plans Installation in Antarctica

    PROTECT 7-7 The Largest Art Installation Ever

    ANTWERP, BELGIUM, Oct. 7 /CNW/ - The Antwerp-based art photographer, Wim
Tellier, who shocked the world in 2006/07 with his project W-Wish - a 600
metres squared baby photo exhibited throughout the world - is currently
engaged in preparing and even larger-scale project. The apotheosis is to be an
installation covering some 3 hectares on Antarctica. Over the past few months,
Wim Tellier has been busy photographing subjects on the six other continents
of the globe in what is to form the basis for a gigantic carrousel of ideas.
    The media attention surrounding Wim Tellier's 600 metres squared baby
photo on a background of rubber ducks was enormous. The technique of
integrating blow ups within a unique context has since become a trademark of
this young photographer. PROTECT 7-7 continues in the same vein, though the
concept and execution will this time be significantly more involved. In
preparing the final artwork, six elderly people, one from each continent, were
photographed lying down, naked except for their genitalia covered by feather
and down. 700 children from each respective continent were also asked to make
a coloured drawing on Plexiglas which they then held in front of Wim Tellier's
lens. The photographs of the elderly figures were each enlarged to a surface
area of 800 metres squared (20 x 40m) and superimposed on a collage of
photographs of the children's drawings. These six blow ups will now form the
basis of the largest ever art installation on the South Pole. Following
subsequent exhibitions in Antwerp and New York, the enormous blow ups will
then be cut into 80 x 80cm pieces for individual sale. Original fragments of
the six blow ups can already be reserved online at:
    PROTECT 7-7 invites several different interpretations. Do the elderly
leave the world a better, more beautiful, safer and healthier place? Or is
their "weight" the burden future generations must bear? The specific
installation of these "sun-bathing" figures on Antarctica also invokes the
theme of global warming. Importantly, however, PROTECT 7-7 refuses to choose
sides but rather shows all three points of the constellation - the Earth, our
legacy and the future - in all their vulnerability. In the end, the beauty of
the final result is often sufficient as a message for the viewer.
    For more information about this provocative new project, please visit or contact the photographer, Wim Tellier at the
coordinates below.

For further information:

For further information: Wim Tellier, I-WATCH PRODUCTIONS,
Schalienstraat 16, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium, Tel. +32-(0)479-321-768

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