Look close enough and you just might see some miniature people living at your feet in the streets of Chiapas, Mexico. Artist Isaac Cordal has created tiny skeleton figurines and placed them around different parts of the city as part of an ongoing series called “Cement Eclipses.”
The tiny figurines stand solo as well as arm-in-arm, and while the sculptures are ambiguous, it’s almost impossible not to imagine a backstory for each of them. Many of the figurines do appear to have some sorrow to them. Are they waiting for a loved one to return? Happy or sad? The melencholy nature of the figurines is of course deliberate and Cordal says is meant to represent “humankind’s disregard for nature.”
The “Cement Eclipses” project is a way of looking at humankind’s behavior on a global level, but in a small way. From Cement Eclipses’ website:
“Cement Eclipses is a critical definition of our behavior as a social mass. The art work intends to catch the attention on our devalued relation with the nature through a critical look to the collateral effects of our evolution. With the master touch of a stage director, the figures are placed in locations that quickly open doors to other worlds.”
Isaac Cordal’s project has been going on for four years now and his figurines have popped up in several different countries, offering their take on circumstance of our species in relation to the word around us. The figurines are usually miniatures, but not always and often evoke a feeling of grief or sympathy.